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2.Unlawful dumping of building rubble onto Riparian Protection Area

2. Unlawful dumping of building rubble onto Riparian Protection Area

On 13 May 2019, I made a written complaint to the Sunshine Coast Council about the unlawful dumping of large quantities of broken concrete and other building rubble onto adjoining land, by the scheme operators in their other role as developers of the extension of Laurel Springs. The affected land is a Riparian Protection Area associated with a creek which flows through my land. The council ordered the removal of the rubble; the cost of tipping fees alone was $45,000.

2.1 Riparian Protection Area

2.1.1 There is a Riparian Protection Area adjacent to the southern boundary of the land which is currently being developed as an extension to the Laurel Springs Retirement Village:

Evidence Document D8.6 - 01

2.1.2 Several waterways (Stream Order 1-2), enter the Riparian Protection Area and eventually pass through my land in Laurel Springs as a creek (Stream Order 3-4) at the rear of the units.

2.1.3 I have aerial photographic evidence that there was no building rubble on the Riparian Protection Area until late 2018 or early 2019:

Evidence Document D8.6 - 01

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2.2 Damage to Riparian Protection Area

2.2.1 I needed an an example of a concrete-sleeper retaining wall, for a submission on another development, so I decided to photograph a similar wall; this was recently constructed by Lusping Pty Ltd who are the scheme operators of the Laurel Springs Retirement Village.

2.2.2 On 5 May 2019, I observed and photographed a very large amount of building rubble covering a significant part of the Riparian Protection Area to the south of the wall. This mostly comprises slabs of broken concrete:

Evidence Document D8.1 - 01

2.2.3 The concrete road at the top of Laurel Springs was severely damaged by trucks moving soil to and from the site of the new units, in late 2018 or early 2019. The concrete has been removed from the road, and replaced by gravel.

2.2.4 The scheme operators of Laurel Springs, Lusping Pty Ltd, in their other role as developers of the village extension, arranged to have the broken concrete slabs from the road dumped onto the Riparian Protection Area.

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2.3 Council action on complaint

2.3.1 The council ordered the removal of the rubble:

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