Monday, 1 December 2008

The video Cairns Council don't want you to see

13 comments:

Quickie said...

Ah ... all those lovely nutrients.

Keeps the fish breeding healthily with good food stock going into the creeks and channels.

Reminds me how the waters looked after the cane farmers had finished the season's plough.

No one whined and moaned then.

I guess we were all Aussies living here then, not moaning and whining imports.

Graham said...

When the area's total population was only around 50 000 and rip off developers (mates of yours?) weren't scouring our hillsides and the environmental impact was minimal compared to today. Yeah, I remember those days too Quickie. I'm an old dinosaur just like you. Good days weren't they.

NorthernBeachesWarrior said...

Terry, you are wonderful to bring all this new environemntal damage into focus.

I hope that you have sent this material to the EPA along with a letter of complaint to the appropriate State representative for action.

There are very clear breaches here and I suspect that there would be more around Hedley's development at Caravonica too, the way he has cut into the hillside, with a sheer drop of red exposed hillslope just waiting to wash somewhere. Another site to watch!!

Keep up the good work.

Skins said...

You should also check on the news stages at Redlynch Valley Estate & its effect on Freshwater Creek

RobPyne said...
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RobPyne said...

This Councillor has no problem with the video being seen. It is good for people to see the scale of the problem we face. Your readers know I do not give this Council credit easily, but much progress has been made in this area. We now have a sediment control team in place and from 1 January we will have the legislative power to dish out some real pain to those developers that do the wrong thing!

Yes watch the video, but also ‘watch this space’.

Regards,
Cr. Rob Pyne.

aussiefem said...

Erosion and slippage has always been a problem here in the Far North. Many is the time I swam the Barron River in the school holidays while it was looking like red tomato soup.

Johnny S. Nth Beaches said...

Don't be silly Aussiefem,

This has nmothing to do with natural erosion or slippage. This is due to no sediment traps or controls being put in place by developers.
Johnny S.

Mark said...

Aussiefem - that had a lot to do with the not so natural erosion that has been going on up on the Tablelands from farming and land clearing in the past but now exacerbated in more recent times by the big developments in Mareeba and other areas in the Barron catchment.

Joanne & Ray - Port Douglas said...

Aussiefem and Quickie, you seen to miss the point in all this. We've learn't a hell of a lot in the last 20 years. Things we did back then has been proved with science to be damaging. Years ago we didn't know nor care. Years ago we doidn't have the same appreciation for the environment. Farmers are far more onto the effect they have on the land they farm more than their forefathers.

Just like businesses are doing business differently, so too are the way in which we use and look after our land.

It's simply not a good idea to keep on doing the same old things the same old way.

Joanne & Ray - Port Douglas said...

Aussiefem and Quickie, you seen to miss the point in all this. We've learn't a hell of a lot in the last 20 years. Things we did back then has been proved with science to be damaging. Years ago we didn't know nor care. Years ago we doidn't have the same appreciation for the environment. Farmers are far more onto the effect they have on the land they farm more than their forefathers.

Just like businesses are doing business differently, so too are the way in which we use and look after our land.

It's simply not a good idea to keep on doing the same old things the same old way.

Jan from Kewarra said...

Which developer is it at Kanimbla Heights that has caused this problem?

Skins said...

Rob Pyne, having looked at the size of the fines for builders & developers, I struggle to see that they will create "real pain" and they certainly won't solve the problem.
Get serious and make them really pay!