The Department of National Parks, Sport and Recreation (NPSR) is seeking public comments on proposed changes to the Moreton Bay Marine Park and the Deception Bay declared fish habitat area for the proposed North Harbour Development in and adjacent to the Caboolture River.
Environment Minister Steven Miles that said that the private developer would place a public notification in newspapers shortly and comments would close 30 days following publication.
“NPSR requires the proponent to undertake public notification ahead of any legislative amendments being made,” Dr Miles said.
“Public feedback will inform the department’s recommendation to me on the proposed changes to the Marine Park and the declared Fish Habitat Area.”
Member for Murrumba Chris Whiting said that the local community could have their say on what would be substantial works.
“A works area is proposed to be declared in the Moreton Bay Marine Park to allow for capital dredging of a navigation channel and breaking the banks of the Caboolture River to create a marina entrance.
“These works also require revocation of part of the Deception Bay declared Fish Habitat Area.
“It is also proposed that the Caboolture River section of the declared Fish Habitat Area be downgraded from a management A area to a management B area to allow for future erosion-control works.
“These works are likely to be required as proposed channel dredging is predicted to worsen existing river bank erosion,” Mr Whiting concluded.