WAHMINDA PARK POND TO REMAIN

Concerns were raised by residents regarding the destruction of Wahminda Pond located beside Samford Road in Ferny Hills. Residents are fearful for local wildlife as they feel the pond provides a vital habitat and water source for a variety of flora and fauna.

The pond was set to be filled in as part of a  $2.7million project to build a path and bridge to link to the Samford Rail Trail and Wahminda Park. This infrastructure would comprise of a 3m wide, 850m long pathway, landscaping, culvert extension, earthworks and fencing to a 25m bridge over Kedron Brook.

On 27th February a group of protesters gathered at Wahminda Pond to confront the local council regarding the destruction of the pond. Green’s candidate for the federal electorate of Dickson Benedict Coyne was also in attendance and addressed the protesters, urging them to contact Moreton Bay Regional Council and request a meeting with Cr Constance.

‘We feel that there was inadequate community consultation. Whether the pond is man made or not is irrelevant, there are living creatures that rely on that water source for survival and life is life and always worth fighting for. All we wanted was the pond to be included in the plans and not removed,’ said Melanie Massa of Save Wahminda Lagoon Group.

Following protests from the local community, Moreton Bay Regional Council has given an undertaking that Wahminda Pond will not be drained.

Moreton Bay Regional Councillors Matt Constance and Darren Grimwade have requested the project teams redesign the scope of works to preserve the old excavation pit.

‘It’s clear locals want the pond to remain, so we have asked Council staff to make sure that happens and ensure locals are heard,’ Cr Constance said.

‘I’m concerned the advice we’ve received from Council officers about the structure of the pond and its water quality might be outdated, so I welcome the offer from a local ecologist to undertake an independent wildlife study and water quality assessment.

‘I’m keen to allow that to happen this weekend, that way we’ll be operating on the most up-to-date information.’

Councillor Grimwade said in order to minimise construction costs to ratepayers while new design works are undertaken, the construction team on site will continue the work associated with the new bridge and pathway to the east and west of the pond and associated rehabilitation and replanting program.

‘This $1.8 million project will see invasive weeds cleared out and more than 1700 square metres revegetated with thousands of native trees, shrubs and grasses,’ he said.

‘We know that the old excavation pit was dug around 40 years ago as a source of fill during construction work along Samford Rd that altered the natural watercourse through the area.

‘But if this has evolved into a sustainable habitat which supports local wildlife, then I agree it’s more beneficial to invest in reinforcing the structure of the pond than remove this water source.

‘We want this project to deliver a vibrant, natural parkland for wildlife and residents to enjoy in harmony.

‘It’s clear that won’t be achieved if we proceed with the current plan.’

Wahminda Park Will Not Be Drained

Protesters gathered

On 27th February a group of protesters gathered at Wahminda Pond to confront the local council regarding the destruction of the pond. Green’s candidate for the federal electorate of Dickson Benedict Coyne was also in attendance and addressed the protesters, urging them to contact Moreton Bay Regional Council and request a meeting with Cr Constance.

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