Development at a standstill

THE mega-resort planned for Cherrabah at Elbow Valley remains at a standstill.

Yesterday a spokeswoman from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities said the developers had not yet submitted documentation to assess the project against environment laws.

The massive development, which could house a population larger than the town of Stanthorpe, was given council approval, subject to conditions, earlier this year.

However, due to the potential disturbance of endangered species, namely the spotted-tailed quoll, the application was called before Federal Government.

"The project is still in fairly early stages of assessment," the spokeswoman said.

"To date, the proponent has not formally submitted preliminary documentation to the department."

Meanwhile an online petition to help save the endangered species from the impacts of the development has gathered 480 signatures.

Print petitions have to be collected from various locations around the region.

Lyn Prowse-Bishop, who helped set up the petition, said she has received phone calls from a number of people in support of the move to stop the development and the consensus seemed to be the same.

"No-one wants the development out there and local people are feeling a bit let down by the local and state authorities so far - particularly with regards the water allocation aspects," she said.

Wildlife Preservation Society Qld - Quoll Seekers Network placed motion sensor cameras at a neighbouring property to Cherrabah and captured two quolls.

"As for what I hope to happen," Ms Prowse-Bishop said.

"Like most of the locals, I don't want to see Cherrabah expanded to the detriment not only of the quoll but other local landowners.

"A development of that size is going to have serious and long-term ramifications. If they want to develop the site then surely it can be done sensitively."


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