Backlash over proposed development in koala habitat
MORE than 1380 objectors have signed an online petition aimed at halting an application by Arcare to build an aged care facility in koala habitat along Eenie Creek Rd.
Councillor Joe Jurisevic has presented a call for action to the last round of Noosa Council meetings and has been referred to the council CEO Brett de Chastel for appropriate action.
Caroline Morris started her petition late last year with a call to arms urging supporters to "help save the koala” by stopping Arcare from building an aged care facility in "scarce koala habitat”. Arcare is proposing a 90-bed aged care facility on and adjoining the Noosa National Park.
Supporters' comments on Ms Morris's petition include the following:
Helen McLeish: "It's getting less habitat for our wildlife. Where are they going to go? Humans are so destructive. Less humans are better for our wildlife.”
Darryl Fry: "After 30 years of watching Noosa wildlife habitat disappear, I wonder if it will ever stop. If it doesn't, Noosa will be ruined.”
Diane O'Regan: "Noosa needs to hold onto its green spaces for wildlife.”
The development application said there are "a very few number of sites both suitable, and available, for retirement villages and aged-care facilities across Noosa Shire”. The applicant said it had been established that the demand for beds was likely higher than previously thought and "it is likely that most future proposals for aged care facilities will be on sites which conflict with the planning scheme”.
"Due consideration must therefore be given to the fact that the planning scheme does not adequately cater for this type of use,” it said.
"Despite this apparent conflict, merit-based assessment will confirm that the subject site is suitable for the proposed use.”