A communication from Rob Jansen, Finger Gullies, Coorparoo.
With the recent sale of a property in Octantis Street a few of the local residents are worried as the property contains a number of significant trees, which have been regular hideouts and food supply for Rambo one of the local koalas. As has happened to similar blocks, a larger house than currently there is likely to be built. In order to protect the significant trees an application for a Vegetation Protection Order (VPO) was put to Council.
The Council has reviewed the application and extended it to include a number of properties on both side of the Octantis St Park. Please see attached document. The link below is the to the Council webpage for submissions to support the VPO. We have until the 4 May to submit our submissions.
We would greatly appreciate your help to protect these Environmentally Significant trees and the vegetation that makes these gullies so important to us, the wildlife habitat and our community.
Please go to the following site and complete the submission to support the VPO.
Below is the link to the Submission for the VPO. Please click on it and complete the online form.
This is further information that you will require to submit the form.
Vegetation Protection Order (VPO)
Reference number CA20/346887
Property 34 Octantis Street Coorparoo
There are four (4) objects of the Local Law that relate to protected vegetation. The vegetation must meet at least one of these objects to be afforded a VPO. In the submission document you will see the 4 objects with some examples. Below are further comments that I have made to support my case for each of the objects. You may use the ideas from them, or feel free to complete your own comments, but please only take the ideas and not the exact same wording as we don’t want all of the submissions showing up with the same comments.
The Coorparoo Finger Gullies falls under the Brisbane City Habitat Program. The vegetation in this submission in this gully consists of large mature trees some of which have been aged by the QLD Herbarium at more than 150 years. The main large trees are Forest Red, Spotty Gum and Iron bark. These trees provide food and shelter for many animals including koalas, squirrel gliders, pythons, green tree snakes, frogs and a multitude of birds, Rainbow and scaly breasted lorikeets, small lorikeets, musk lorikeets and kookaburras.
This bushland in the submission is situated below Whites Hill Reserve and flows into Bridgewater Creek and into Norman Creek water flow catchment. These gullies are a major waterway flowing into the Brisbane River. It is extremely important for the health of these waterways that these trees are protected to prevent erosion, reduce the spread of weeds, slow the waterflow and maintain the local ecology to enhance local waterways.
The area in the submission and the surrounding gullies are extremely important as they are used by numerous people to find peace and quiet in walking through these mature trees and enjoying the wildlife that they provide, in particular, koalas, birds and butterflies. They are valued by the local community as the local school and scout organisations as well as the local residents are actively involved in the habitat group and through local facebook pages. The gully due to the number of large old trees and the canopy cover allows a very cooling and pleasant place to walk through or just to sit on the house decks and enjoy.
As discussed above an annual measurement of set trees in this gullies and the other surrounding gullies is undertaken by locals to support work undertaken by the QLD Herbarium to obtain ages of these trees some of which are more than 250 plus years. A number of these trees fall in the area covered under this submission.
These properties back on to Octantis St Park which is part of the Coorparoo Finger Gullies which has been classified as ecologically significant in the Council Zoning. This type of vegetation located on private property allows safe movement for animals between the reserves and other areas such as Whites Hill Reserve.