By Bulimba Creek, Oct 29 2014 09:33AM
A community day was held a at by the Hemmant Bushcare Group and the Hemmant Action Group on the 25th of October in relation to a recent tree clearing event that occured in the suburb. The event was a great success with over 100 signatures collected on the day and locals banding together to create a wonderful community feel. Residents expressed their concerned for their suburb, its natural values and the loss of an improtant wildlife corridor and its wider environmental impact. There was a lot of support from those in attendance for B4C and other local campaigns, and recognition of the importance of quick action needed to close the loophole which allowed this tree clearingo to occur. Local and state governments need to address weaknesses in our system to ensure Brisbane's livability, and to assit reaching local and regional goals. Brisbane City Councils 2026 vision of 40% greenspace will not occue unless we have green space on privately owned properties too. An online article pulished in the courier mail can be found here. More information about the tree clearing is listed below.
The recent tree clearing at 183 Fleming Road, Hemmant, has compromised the rural amenity that all
Hemmant residents enjoy. The clearing has been undertaken by a developer who plans to transform
our rural landscape into townhouses. The developers’ proposal is not in line with the designated land
use under the Brisbane City Council City Plan 2014 or the draft Hemmant-Lytton Neighbourhood Plan.
The developer’s actions are pre-emptive and undermine the planning mechanisms in place to protect
our suburb from inappropriate development. The lot at Fleming Road contained mature eucalyptus
and melaleuca vegetation along with an acacia understory. Several of the large trees contained
hollows. No wildlife spotter was on hand and these trees were dumped into the mulcher. This mature
vegetated block, had been recognised by BCC as important habitat for the local Squirrel Glider
The lot is part of the Hemmant wildlife corridor network, which supports nearly 250 native animal
species that live in our suburb, making Hemmant one of the most biodiverse places in Brisbane.
Hemmant supports 5 native species found nowhere else in the Bulimba Creek Catchment.
The clearing at Hemmant has been a disaster for the local community and a great loss to both corridor
and habitat values in an environmental corridor between Koala Coast and Brisbane River.
Brisbane City’s 2026 Vision calls for 40% natural habitat for the city. Even though the large mature
trees were valuable vegetation, there was no Vegetation Protection Order in place, nor was the site
protected in the Biodiversity Overlay Mapping and Code.
We are asking Council to investigate this loophole in Council’s Policies to ensure that wholesale clearing of Rural Land does not continue and degrade Brisbane’s rural amenity, natural environment and suburban liveability. We need your support to do this.