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Riverfront bushland planning appeal

02 February, 2001

Represented by EDO Qld, a local environment group successfully overturned an approval by Brisbane City Council for residential development of bushland at Seventeen Mile Rocks in Brisbane. Save Our Riverfront Bushland (SORB) appealed in the Planning and Environment Court under the Integrated Planning Act 1997 the Council’s approval for up to 90 residential allotments proposed by Wingate Developments Pty Ltd and Queensland Cement Limited.

Wingate Properties P/L & Anor v BCC & Ors [2001] QPE 005

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The 7 hectares proposed for development included a bushland ridge designated non-urban in the 1987 Town Plan in a category for "natural or semi-natural areas having high value for habitat conservation, landscape protection or waterway protection". Judge Brabazon found that its values were important and should be protected as provided in the Town Plan: “It is the last undeveloped ridgeline in the centenary suburbs. Its importance is primarily because of its landscape value, and because of the recreational value it has.” He allowed SORB's appeal and overturned the development approval.

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