The Queensland government is under extreme pressure from both council and one of its own ministers to cancel 15-year-old plans to clear six hectares of “regionally significant” bushland at Stafford Heights where it wants to build an aged care centre.
The applicant, Blue Care, wrote to State Development Minister Cameron Dick, requesting more time for their aged care development.
The Department of State Development referred their application to Brisbane City Council but following a meeting last week every Brisbane City councillor – LNP, Labor and Greens – unanimously voted no to granting this extension to the Queensland government.
The remnant bushland is diagonally across Rode Road from Brisbane City Council’s Downfall Creek Bushland Centre and its network of walking trails.
Labor’s cabinet minister Dr Anthony Lynham, the area’s local state MP says,
“I don’t support any extension of approval for this land. Enough is enough. My community wants certainty so we can move ahead. I will be writing to the minister to not extend this development approval.”