Council reveals environmental concerns over airport upgrade
UPDATE: 4.30pm October 6
A GOLD Coast Airport spokeswoman has said they have not yet received a copy of Tweed Shire Council's submission.
It is understood they will comment on the submission once it has been received.
TWEED Shire Council has laid down its views on the Gold Coast Airport planned upgrade, noting that the redevelopment will have a "significant environmental impact".
Councillors voted unanimously at its Thursday meeting to send council's submission on the preliminary draft major redevelopment plan to Gold Coast Airport.
The submission, by the council's director of planning and regulation Vince Connell, notes Gold Coast Airport is a "significant economic driver" for the region.
Submission suggestions are that Gold Coast Airport management should consider issues of native vegetation clearing, traffic impacts, and drainage and acid sulphate soil issues.
Mr Connell points out that while an offset strategy for vegetation clearing is proposed in the airport's development plan, there are "no details for consideration and response".
Council's submission outlines long-term impacts of the airport project, which Mr Connell says is likely to have a significant impact on threatened species including the wallum sedge frog, wallum froglet, common planigale (a small marsupial), the lesser swamp orchid and "10 other conservation significant flora species".
A total of 32.5 hectares of native vegetation is proposed to be cleared for the airport's redevelopment.
This includes 16 hectares of swamp sclerophyll.
Mr Connell said the development plan included a number of "incorrect" statements, including those relating to the proposal for a redevelopment of the Border Park Raceway. He said there was no such development application.
Gold Coast Airport has not responded to a request for comment.