Protect Toondah Harbour Wetlands

Protect Toondah Harbour

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Eastern Curlew by Chris Walker at Toondah

Minister Plibersek has the power to save Toondah Harbour - call on her to use it!

It’s official! Minister Plibersek has now received Walker Corporation’s Environmental Impact Statement. On 15 December the decision date was extended to 23 April 2024.

Both the Queensland Government and the Redland City Council support the proposal, but the Greens have said ‘no way’ to the Ramsar wetland wrecking Toondah Harbour redevelopment since day one. 

Now the decision to save Toondah Harbour rests solely with the Minister for Environment. Will you add your voice to our calls?

Save Toondah Harbour

Never called an MP’s office before? Here’s a sample script:

Hi there – my name is [insert name]. I’m calling because I’m concerned about the proposed project at Toondah Harbour. I know that the Environment Minister hasn’t made a decision yet and would ask that she rejects this proposal, which will pave over 40 hectares of Ramsar listed wetland.

I believe approving this project would set an alarming precedent by undermining the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Significance, one of the oldest and most respected global conservation treaties.

These wetlands provide critical habitat for the critically endangered Bar-tailed Godwit and the Eastern Curlew.

The population of the Eastern Curlew has declined by 80 per cent in the last 30 years due to developments like this one, along their coastal habitats.

As the Eastern Curlew is also one of 20 priority birds identified in the Federal Government’s new 10 year Threatened Species Action Plan, it would be unreasonable to approve this project, which would have a direct, detrimental impact on them.

Please pass on my message to Minister Plibersek, and ask that she reject this proposal and save Toondah Harbour.

Walker Corporation, one of Australia’s largest property developers (and a generous political donor), has submitted an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a $1.3 billion development that will trash Toondah Harbour.  The project will dredge wetlands for a canal estate with luxury high-rise residences, a hotel and conference centre, retail space and marinas. 

The Federal Department of Environment advised the former Minister, Josh Frydenberg, to reject a previous iteration of this destructive proposal outright. Despite this advice, Mr Frydenberg allowed it to progress. He even asked the Department whether it was possible to change the boundaries of the Ramsar wetland. 

Now the ball is now firmly in Minister Plibersek’s court. She has the EIS, now the clock is ticking on the deadline to finally make a decision.

We are calling on Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek to reject this dodgy project and save Toondah Harbour!