Tuesday 18 November 2008

Is everything honky dorey at False Cape?

Even though it has not been raining much over the last few weeks, another tree has collapsed on the steep False Cape site, at East Trinity.
Although only a small tree, this is significant in that it displays movement and instability of the land.
False Cape has been subject to rigorous public scrutiny over the last two year. A strong environmental campaign was orchestrated by the Save False Cape group. They took aim at the former Cairns City Council and the Queensland State Government, both of whom failed to take action.
Following election of the new Cairns Regional Council in March this year, they presented a delegation to the Environment and Planning Committee, to seek support for a closure of the development.
It appears that Cairns construction giant CEC, who have been contracted to spend the $109,000 allocated by the Cairns Regional Council for remedial action, have already cleaned up the mile-long scarred hillslope. The False Cape development site was left abandoned eight months ago by dodgy developer John Ewens. Recently the Federal Environment Minister made a 13th hour intervention to stop anymore excavation on the land, and ordered a clean up. The Council did not access the much talked about $650,000 bond that is meant to be held for such purpose, instead voting to levy the land holder on his rate bill.
Last Thursday Hydromulch was sprayed across the property, and the remaining machinery moved off the False Cape site yesterday.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hydro mulch is like papier-mâché with grass seeds mixed in. It is sprayed on small sloping cuttings to try and hold the soil in place. If one keeps their eyes open they will see some of it on the decomposing granite on the Gillies Range. It is marginally successful and like a band aid on a broken leg, sooner or later it lets go. Only an ignorant person would bite a chunk out of False Cape Mountain side and expect the decomposing granite and the 150 tonne boulders to stay in the decomposing sand that precariously holds them in place. False Cape is a disaster waiting for the next wet season. Val Schier should know that the ratepayers of the Region should not be paying for this.