There is a petition to Brisbane City Council from just a few households to clear mangroves between Lota and Wynnum.
Removing native trees on shorelines is a constant pressure on our coastline and bayside.
B4C Catchment Manager Wayne Cameron says the views of the six people in the petition do not reflect the needs of the community in general.
“Asking to remove ‘all’ the mangroves between Lota and Wynnum, may be an ambit claim, but it shows the lack of concern for the marine environment and Bay by those proposing it,” Wayne says.
“Council has responsibilities to protect the mangrove ecosystems, which are the nursery of many marine species.
“The whole community should consider the long-term effect on fishstocks and the function of removing large amounts of carbon that mangroves and saltmarshes provide.
“The precedent that such a drastic action would set could be disastrous for the Bay and its marine resources.”
We ask the community to help raise awareness and help protect, not remove, this important environmental resource.
Below is a letter to the Editor of the Wynnum Herald, also provided to us, by B4C Member John Eiseman.
It is a great disappointment when a local Councillor supports the destruction of Mangroves on Moreton Bay, for the benefit of a few residents wanting a better view.
If Council were to remove mangroves for this reason, Gold help Moreton Bay and its fishery.
Mangroves are the nurseries for juvenile fish and protect coastliens and waterfronts, they are essential for a city like Brisbane to protect the marine species we take for granted when we go fishing.
I hope wiser heads are at play when any decision is made in Council. Trusting that vested interests and selfish motives do not overcome the health of our Bay.