Council crosses divide, schedules Gorge community meeting
THE Southern Downs Regional Council is scheduled to meet with the Cambanoora Gorge community on Thursday night to discuss the controversial river crossings.
The crossings were quietly filled with tonnes of asphalt just one month after the council formally accepted a petition to preserve Cambanoora Gorge “in its current state”.
More than 1700 people signed the petition pleading for council to reconsider plans to install concrete culverts at each of the 14 river crossings.
Such interference, the petition said, could have horrific consequences on endangered local wildlife and four-wheel-drive tourism appeal.
It seemed like a win when, during a council meeting on October 23, councillors voted to consider the environmental concerns “in any future decisions regarding changes to the river crossings”.
That was until gorge residents began to report dozers and rollers pressing tonnes of road base into the river beds.
“We are absolutely outraged,” said resident Tony Pearson.
“This is an ecosystem all of its own and to bring any foreign matter into it is putting it at risk.”
Public outcry sparked an investigation by the state department, the results of which will be revealed prior to the meeting.
The meeting will be held at 6.30pm, Thursday February 27 at the Killarney Senior Citizens at 11 Ailanthus St, Killarney.
The meeting is open to all members of the public.