Beaudesert wildlife carer speaks out about declining wildlife habitats

Beaudesert wildlife carer is concerned birds, like these rainbow lorikeets, will disappear from the area if there are no trees left. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia
Beaudesert wildlife carer is concerned birds, like these rainbow lorikeets, will disappear from the area if there are no trees left. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

Fed up with seeing wildlife displaced by housing developments, Beaudesert resident Jan Llewellyn has spoken out against what she felt was a lack of caring about animal welfare by council and developers.

She said a land clearing near her Beaudesert home was just one example of the destruction.

“The trees are gone and the wildlife is scarce,” she said.

“The way it’s going, we’ll be left with nothing.”

Ms Llewellyn, a wildlife carer, said she was distraught at seeing stands of large trees gone and kangaroos hopping aimlessly among the remains.

She expressed concern about the welfare of wildlife during land clearing processes and was concerned about where local wildlife would go, as further development meant trees would continue to be felled within the Scenic Rim region.

“Scenic Rim will be missing a lot of its wildlife and greenery that bring a lot of joy to people and the future generation will miss out on it all,” Ms Llewellyn said.

“I know council has been replanting trees around town but they will take years to grow; and are the replacements native trees?”

Ms Llewellyn said she would like to see wildlife corridors included in housing developments or at least a green area retained for wildlife.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said council was committed to upholding the desired outcomes of the Scenic Rim Community Plan.

“This means we do have to manage the real world challenges of accommodating the desire of more people to live in the region, while maintaining our core agricultural, cultural and environmental characteristics,” Cr Christensen said.

He said council had purchased land on Spring Creek for future parkland and was committed to environmental programs, including the Million Trees and Free Trees programs and support of various Landcare programs.

“As well, we are a committed partner in the Resilient Rivers program to preserve and restore our riparian core," Cr Christensen said.