Beautiful Greenbank?

Blue Gum, Dry Schlerophyll Forest, Greenbank



(Above) Susie (left) and Russell, Photo by dedicated local wildlife carer, Kate Payne
(Below) Alex, by Kate Payne

And now for the not-so-beautiful…

(Above & below) Harvest Road

Once was high-value habitat with 200-300 year old trees … now a barren wasteland of weeds and plastic rubbish.

(Above) Begley Road (see post about bulldozers filling in Crewes Creek, 2005.  This ‘farm’ was shut down by Logan Council, but the ‘attractive’ black plastic remains seven years later.)

Chemical drum found washed down Crewes Creek, 2011.  Flammable, toxic when mixed with water, kills all life it comes in contact with,, and  breaks down into TEARGAS.   DERM called it a simple ‘soil fumigant’.

(Below) Slightly further afield on Koplick Road (below), ‘storage’ of fuel drums.  In a bushfire-prone residential area!

(Above)  ‘Plastic Mulch’, Backwater Road

(Above) Rubbish-strewn yard surrounding residence.

(Below) Begley Road

(Above) The neighbours next to the ‘attractive black plastic’ farm cleared a house pad for a second dwelling in 2005. You can see the forested neighbouring property in the background, which was soon to be clearfelled.

And here is how that same property looked after clearfelling and erection of greenhouses (and filling in Crewes Creek which was peskily in the way), below.

(Below) Some ‘gifts’ left on the neighbours’ property by farm workers who were clearly not provided with a toilet. Charming, don’t you think?  Especially in a water catchment. 😛

(Above)  So…. here we have the Begley Road property after this series of events: they clearfelled the native forest, filled in Crewes Creek (flooding neighbours upstream), erected greenhouses across the entire block, and destroyed their neighbour’s views and privacy.  After a few years they were forced to remedy the creek situation, (though we’ve heard no news of any kind of prosecution for this environmental vandalism). But it took a long 6 years for Logan Council to finally issue them with a show cause notice over the greenhouses, which were erected with no building approval.  The farmers did not ‘show cause’, instead they chose to dismantle the greenhouses.  What you see above is what this block looks like now – a barren, bare dirt wasteland, shielded from the street by straggly, ripped black plastic.

(Above) A bit of clearfelling on Backwater Road. Who needs mature habitat trees when you can have greenhouses from fenceline to fenceline?  Which is what we have here now. Pity the poor neighbour who thought they’d bought a bush block in a quiet residential neighborhood.

(Below) Harvest Road. Crop spraying on an open farm right next door to homes.  This is why we’re being told we should be grateful for the ‘greenhouses’, as this boom spraying is what we had to live with previously – with agricultural chemical spraydrift landing on neighbouring homes and water tanks.  Though the greenhouses create some small improvement in containing some of the spray, it does not achieve enough to ensure residents’ health and safety.  Poor reticulation ensures that chemical-laden runoff still floods neighbouring properties when it rains heavily.

(Below) The property next door to the above farm after a heavy rain event.  We’ve been told that two of this resident’s children played in this floodwater on their surfboards, and that they both became very ill, with one requiring hospitalisation.

Don’t you wish this was being done in YOUR neighborhood?


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