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McDowall residents want Brisbane City Council to buy land slated for a town house development to help save the suburb’s remaining wildlife.

The residents say the site, between Nicholas and Borgnine streets, is part of a fast disappearing ecological corridor which is home to koalas, echidnas and wallabies. This leafy pocket is fast becoming a hot spot for townhouse developments.

Photographs of dead wildlife including two echidnas were recently posted to a local Facebook page.

Residents’ spokesman Cam Standon said the council had underrated the land’s value to the community.

‘It (the development) is wrong – it changes the character of the area”, Mr. Standon said.

He approached Councilor Norm Wyndham (McDowall) about securing the site. Mr. Standon said Cr Wyndham told him that there were more important sites.

Cr Wyndham did not respond to questions from the North-West News, nor did the developer.

The application for 10 units at 17 Nicholas St. and 10A Borgnine St. is being assessed by the Council.

Mr. Standon said: “There are plenty of places for people to live but there are less and less spaces for wildlife.

“Purchasing this land would be a win for the community.”

Professionals Everton Park principal Brian Brady said the northwest corridor was the logical place to accommodate the increase in population.

“It is a burgeoning area and it can accommodate it,” he said. “The secret (to its success) will be how council deals with that, how they achieve the balance,” Mr. Brady said.

“At the moment I think we have balance by default council are very particular about protecting certain strips and species, “he added.

Source: Quest Newspapers

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