CALL FOR HALT
By CHRISTIAN STANGER
AN 11-metre wide landslide at the top of Domain Road on Currumbin Hill - caused by the June 30 deluge - could see the end of planned development along the ridge of the hill.
The unstable land gave way, bringing down several trees, and carving a massive hole in the side of the ridge.
Concerned resident David van der Vooren made a letterbox drop throughout the area with a petition organised by Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey, calling for a halt to logging and planned development on the ridge.
Developers have already logged about 30 of the 110 ironbark trees earmarked to be taken down to make way for more than 10 dwellings.
Ms Stuckey hopes that her petition, which is due to be handed in today to Cr Chris Robbins' office to be forwarded to the mayor, will be enough for council to stop the development.
"We've asked for the area to be surveyed and declared safe before any development goes on the hill," Ms Stuckey said.
"There are many issues associated with the landslip and the task force aims to deal with these as quickly and efficiently as possible," she said.
"I want all residents to realise that we are committed to doing everything we can to bring about permanent solutions."
The task force's top two priorities adopted at Tuesday's meeting included making sure that the taskforce reponds to emergency and public safety needs, and investigating and recommending solutions for the affected streets, the wider Currumbin area and the lower catchment areas.
Cr Robbins said all funding options for the extensive and costly remedial works would be examined.
She said the council had undertaken a range of works that fell into the immediate-fix category which included council infrastructure, clean-up, stormwater drain access, retaining wall installation, sewerage line checks, security and accommodation for evacuees where required.
"We must get it right for the long-term security and safety of all residents," said Cr Robbins.
Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey was unable to attend the first meeting due to sickness but extended her wishes for the task force to "have some teeth" and be willing to support everyone involved. "People deserve representatives from state and council levels to work to get the best possible re- sult for everyone," she said.
o Meanwhile, Gold Coast Councillor Eddy Sarroff has called for an urgent investigation into the devastation of retaining walls and banks of the Little Tallebudgera Creek at Broadbeach Waters.
Cr Sarroff said the area to suffer was where the creek had been diverted during the construction of the convention centre.
"I have received a number of letters from deeply worried residents and I am asking for an independent as- sessment," he said.