Section from article submitted for August Kuranda Paper:
Planning for a Future
How many people can Kuranda carry?
The FoE Kuranda group is very disappointed about the contents of a letter sent out recently by Brian Millard of Tablelands Regional Council. This stated, that despite assurances made by local MP Steve Wettenhall and the State government, council considers “the Myola zone to be an area intended for future urban purposes”
In regional NSW and Victoria many communities over the recent past have been faced with similar plans being imposed on them for the greater good and have spoken with a collective voice, NO .
NO to the destruction of their unique lifestyle, to the environmental degradation that urbanisation brings, to being disregarded by their elected representatives and to dramatically changing their communities,and YES to a sustainable future.
It’s only by speaking with a collective voice that their views have prevailed and the plans to change their communities into growth hotspots have in many cases been shelved.
The people who choose to live in Kuranda do so for a variety of reasons, including the region’s beauty, rainforest environment, tranquillity and wildife. Whatever the reason we live in Kuranda, we can collectively become active and involved, to prevent the growth lobby prevailing and what we value most being destroyed.
Friends of the Earth Kuranda identifies sustainable population as one of the major issues in Far North Queensland. We believe that simply adding to environmental pressures by increasing human numbers before a sustainable way of life has been developed would only accelerate environmental damage.
Better ways of living
It is important to locate infrastructure and housing in appropriate places where it impacts minimally on the biodiversity of our region- and to work creatively together as a community so that our buildings are energy and water efficient, attractive and made of renewable materials.
What can be done?
- We are proud to support the recently launched, positive initiative Recharge Kuranda, part of the global Transition towns (and rainforest villages!) movement. All Kuranda invididuals and groups are invited to join- email Sjoerd at email@example.com
- Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) are currently devising a community plan and new planning scheme so make sure you have your input. See-http://www.trc.qld.gov.au/tablelands-community-plan and say NO to developing Kuranda as a dormitory suburb of Cairns and YES to improving the environmental impact and quality of life of our village.