Council’s land assessment studies into the former Commonwealth land at 362-388 Old Cleveland Road East, Birkdale are underway, with Council this week noting a status update report.
Land activities include the following:
Council has engaged an ecologist to report on the ecological values of the property and prepare a management plan for the land’s conservation area, to meet contractual arrangements for long-term protection and conservation of koalas and koala habitat, a subtropical and temperate coastal saltmarsh ecological community and other ecological values within the land’s conservation area.
A heritage consultant has also been engaged to conduct a review of Indigenous, historic and natural heritage values, and to prepare a Heritage Management Plan that Council will be required to implement.
A planning consultant has commenced work on a planning investigation that will give Council a clear understanding of the statutory framework and physical attributes associated with the land, an assessment of opportunities and constraints and details of any information gaps.
Since Council took ownership of the property late last year, assessments have also been carried out relating to site safety and security, general land maintenance, including mowing, and weed and fire management.
The first phase of Council’s community engagement on the land is still underway, with members of the public asked to share their stories and knowledge of the land to help Council understand its values to the community.
For more information on the consultation, visit the project page on Council’s Your Say site.
A further report following completion of all relevant studies and management plans will be presented to Council later this year.