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Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Inc
PO Box 2457
Townsville
Qld          4810


Email: hinchinbrookalliance@gmail.com
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August 2012

"PORT HINCHINBROOK STAGE II"  - MAKE YOUR SUBMISSION (OBJECTION) by 24 August 2012
to arrive at the CCRC by COB 24th August 2012, addressed to:
Mr Terry Brennan, Chief Executive Officer
Cassowary Coast Regional Council

by POST
PO Box 887
Innisfail, QLD 4860

or EMAIL
enquiries@cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au ATT: Mr Terry Brennan, Chief Executive Officer

 

QUOTE THE APPLICATION DETAILS:

DA 080/08
Development Application for Preliminary Approval to Override a Planning Scheme in accordance with a Master Plan for Port Hinchinbrook (Stage 2 - Residential Development, Tourist Accommodation and Marina Development) on land described as Lots 170SP177389, 1C1043, 1RP739118, 2RP739118, 2CWL1212, 3C1043, 3RP733367, 41C1043, 42C1043, 59SP135869, 5RP732868, 6RP732868 & 81SP202762, situated at Port Hinchinbrook.

MAKE YOUR COMMENTS:
Click on DA 080/08 to see all five documents, including the important letters from Council quoting their legal advice. If this link doesn't work for you, go to the Cassowary Coast Regional Council website:
1. On the Home page, look down the left hand side and click on Building and Assessment
2. On the Building and Assessment page look down the left hand side and click on Public notifications.
This will take you to the relevant documents for the “Port Hinchinbrook Stage II” Development Application. 
Contact ASH if you can't find or download the doucuments.

HERE ARE SOME STAND OUT POINTS:
CCRC legal opinion is that this is a new Application, not a Changed Application (see CCRC letters advising the developer of CCRC's legal advice). Council should heed its legal advice and refuse to consider this Application.
The Application does not comply with the Desired Environmental Outcomes of the Cardwell Shire Planning Scheme.
Council planning “overlays” have not been adequately addressed. These include bushfire and acid sulfate soils.
From Figure 2 in the Application it is not possible to identify all the subject blocks listed elsewhere in the Application.
The Application does not comply with the Desired Coastal Outcomes of the Cardwell-Hinchinbrook Regional Coastal Management Plan (though repealed, this Plan is still applicable if assessment proceeds as for a “changed application”).
The oft-repeated assertion in the current Application that it is environmentally better than previous proposals is not a valid argument about this proposal. Each proposal must be assessed on its own merits, not by comparison with some other proposal.
The present state of the rural land is “degraded” (as claimed by the developer) compared with its state prior to the developer acquiring that land many years ago. Its agricultural uses were discontinued, although the mango orchard is still there and light cattle grazing continued for some years after acquisition. This poor management of the land is no reason to degrade it further; rather, it should be returned to agricultural productivity.
There is no information about actual activities intended on the proposed residential/rural subdivision. The developer argues that such information should be deferred to some later approval processes, after the subdivision has been approved.

Likely impacts of the proposed subdivision
The application does not consider the likely impacts of the proposed 38 new 2-ha residential blocks and activities on adjacent Girramay National Park, Hinchinbrook Channel, Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, endangered species etc (eg mahogany gliders), other native fauna, vegetation, and native birds.
Impacts will come from land use activities such as clearing, draining and building, dogs, cats, other pets, quad bikes, motorbikes, sporting activities, shooting; herbicide and pesticide run-off; and sewage (septic tanks proposed, no connection to the sewerage treatment plant).
The Application proposes a 50 metre buffer zone along the Girramay National Park boundary. This will not stop dogs, cats, weeds etc. from adversely affecting the national park.
Any changes to the topography of the land will change the distribution of freshwater surface flows to Girramay National Park, with potentially disastrous results for the affected parts. Such changes are likely due to built-up house pads and other structures, internal roads, bridges over Two-Mile Creek, and drainage lines.
Human safety and environmental impacts have not been adequately addressed for the proposed battle-axe subdivision:

  • these blocks include or are adjacent to coastal hazard (inundation) areas;
  • no direct access to Bruce Highway for medical and weather emergencies eg flooding and bushfire, only one internal escape route kilometres from the exit.
  • increased road travel times, fuel expenditure and carbon footprint due to an additional 10 km when driving from Ingham to a southern subdivision address via the Port Hinchinbrook entrance.
  • quality of internal roads - who will maintain them? Council?

FOR IMPORTANT BACKGROUND AND MORE DETAIL, INCLUDING QUOTES FROM COUNCIL LETTERS, >> Download Here <<

 

Margaret Moorhouse
Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook (ASH)

 


 

May 2012

Phoenix the Newsletter of ASH

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6 February 2012

PORT HINCHINBROOK - TELL THE TRUTH !
SILTED CANALS NOT DUE TO NATURAL DISASTER !

>> Download the Media Release << pdf


 

July 2011

Phoenix the newsletter of the Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook

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MEDIA RELEASE                                         Thursday 30th April 2009

Alliance to Save  Hinchinbrook Inc.  

‘PORT HINCHINBROOK’ - SEADUMPING  REFUSED !

This week the newly combined Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management has refused an Application by Port Hinchinbrook Services Pty Ltd for Resource Entitlement for the Sea Dumping of dredge spoil into the world heritage listed Hinchinbrook Passage.

>> Download the Full Media Release pdf <<


 

PHOENIX : Newsletter of the Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook

February 2009

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PHOENiX : Newsletter of the Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook

June 2008

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Extra notes to assist in writing submissions to the Hinchinbrook Management Plan

>> Extra Notes pdf <<

>> Wish List pdf <<

>> ASH Comments pdf <<


 

PHOENIX : Newsletter of the Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook

March 2008

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Phoenix : ASH Newsletter September 2007

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ASH MEDIA RELEASE : 25 August 2007

Port Hinchinbrook residents wish Port Hinchinbrook woes onto local Council

>> Read the Release << pdf

 

ASH MEDIA RELEASE : 7 August 2007

GIRRIMAY NATIONAL PARK DECLARED: ADJACENT SPOIL PONDS HAVE TO GO

>> Read the release << pdf

 

TO ASH MEMBERS and SUPPORTERS and ALL FRIENDS OF HINCHINBROOK ISLAND

KEITH WILLIAMS TO GET HINCHINBROOK ISLAND ??

ASH, as the local group for the Hinchinbrook area, seeks your assistance in lobbying The Honourable Craig Wallace, the new Minister for Natural Resources and Water (Queensland), to not transfer the Special Lease for Hinchinbrook Island Resort to a Keith Williams company.


View & Print our most recent letter to the Minister of Natural Resources and Water.

Word    -    pdf

The Environment Minister's office has written (letter dated 3 May 2007) referring us to the Department of Natural Resources and Water (DNRW), which has control of the Special Lease even though it is within the Hinchinbrook Island National Park. 

The same letter also advised the Environment Minister's reliance on the Hinchinbrook Island National Park Management Plan (HINPMP) and the conditions attached to the Lease.

The Hinchinbrook Island National Park Management Plan (available on the net - just type in the full title) is silent on some aspects of the lease (eg no reference to water supply or quarrying) and interpretable on others. 

The current Special Lease conditions are minimal or obsolete, and are no doubt being renegotiated right now by the developer and the DNRW.

An earlier letter (16 Jan 2007) from the Environment Minister's office informed us that the EPA had obtained a court order to force the developer to dump dredge spoil only in a location determined by the EPA.

The necessity for court action as a mechanism of control over developer actions provides little confidence that site works on Hinchinbrook Island would be carried out in accordance with management plans or lease conditions.

Keith Williams has also reportedly obtained control over the ferry service to Hinchinbrook Island, creating a complete monopoly over access to Hinchinbrook Island.

Please write urgently, in your own  words, to the Minister for Natural Resources and Water, expressing your concern about the future of Hinchinbrook Island and Channel under this proposed access monopoly:  

The Honourable Craig Wallace  
Minister for Natural Resources and Water    
PO   Box 15456,        
CITY EAST          QLD 4002    

Ministerial email address: NRW@ministerial.qld.gov.au

Electoral email address: Thuringowa@parliament.qld.gov.au;  

phone : (07) 3896 3688                    Fax : (07) 3210 6214

 

12 April 2007

Media Release - Hinchinbrook Island Resort - To Be or Not To Be pdf

 

29 December 2006

NOTICE TO MEMBERS and FRIENDS

The breakwalls under construction at Oyster Point are sinking ungracefully, with potential consequences for

  • environmental damage,

  • permit conditions breached,

  • budget blowout, and

  • navigation safety.

OK, we were expecting it - we did say this would be an unacceptable experiment in the GBR WHA - but it's still amazing to see it happening!


Breakwater Construction at Port Hinchinbrook

Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Media Release

OYSTER POINT “DANGER: FALLING ROCKS” !!

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The breakwater walls under construction at Oyster Point are falling into the deep soft silts of the Hinchinbrook Passage.

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Click to view large image - Breakwaters Port Hinchinbrook construction

Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Media Release

WHO WILL PAY FOR SINKING BREAKWALLS ?

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The cost of the subsidence of the breakwater walls under construction at Oyster Point has blown out.

The increase in rock required due to the walls collapsing and sinking has resulted in a sharp increase in the cost, and has pushed the soft seabottom sideways into the dredged area.

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  • MEDIA RELEASE : Thursday 19 October - Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook MINISTER OF WHALES AND PARROTS ABANDONS DUGONGS

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  • MEDIA RELEASE : Thursday 19 October - Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Inc. Commonwealth Minister fails Hinchinbrook Wildlife

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  • MEDIA RELEASE Monday 11th September - Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Inc . BREAKWATERS PROPONENT RELEASES DOCUMENTS - ON WEB NOW

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  • September 7th 2006: Media Release - Public Bluffed out of Access to Public Documents

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  • May 2006: See: Phoenix - Newsletter of the Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook

Download Phoenix as a PDF