Shame! How Has it Come to This? (Nov. 2019)

Our magnificent Plunkett Regional Park, a 577ha community asset, the envy of many, is being trashed and looted by a minority of hoons in 4WDs and on trail bikes, while our local authorities turn a blind eye.

For those many of you who enjoy a bush walk, a horse ride, a mountain bike ride or just like to soak up the views, clean air and biodiversity which is uniquely Plunkett, the vandalism which has reached a peak over the past year or so is infuriatingly heartbreaking.

It has reached a peak, literally – morons in illegal motor vehicles are driving up the fragile sandstone outcrops, pulverising them in the process, and reaching Wickham Peak where landscaping and plantings by volunteers have been destroyed. This once pristine area is now a rubbish dump.

These 4WDs and trail bikes also venture off track, destroying fragile and rare plant life, pushing over saplings and generally showing no respect to either the environment or their community. Beyond the flora and terrain damage, the effect on native fauna and birds in the Park must be extremely distressing.

 

Rubbish and graffiti at Wickham Peak

Rehabilitation planting at base of Wickham Peak trashed by 4WDs and trail bikes

Motor traffic erosion and rubbish at Wickham Peak

Damage at summit of Wickham Peak

Lack of fencing at Wickham Timber Reserve – drive straight in from Quinzeh Creek Road

A common sight on Plunkett walking and horse trails

4WD damage at Wickham Peak

Vehicle damage to sandstone outcrops

 

If the photos above sicken you, and you want our elected and non-elected representatives to fix this mess, and fast, then please join with us and contact your local Member of Parliament (State and Federal) and Interim Administrator, Logan City Council (contact details below).

 

A sample letter is provided for your use:
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Dear <insert representative name from below>

RE: Ongoing extreme vandalism at Plunkett Regional Park, Logan City

The Plunkett Regional Park (incorporating Plunkett Conservation Park, Wickham National Park and Wickham Timber Reserve) is a much treasured and highly regarded community asset, covering 577ha within the City of Logan.

“Plunkett” as the reserves have been known since the early 1900s, is a renowned site for rare and threatened plants, interesting geological formations, and locally is a highly significant biodiversity hot spot because of its quality remnant vegetation and geology that is different from all the surrounding countryside. There is also well-known Indigenous usage of Plunkett, with anthropological studies unearthing considerable items of cultural significance.

Plunkett is used for a variety of legal recreation activities including bushwalking, orienteering, bird watching, horse riding and mountain bike riding, all in a natural environment. The area is managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), except for a small portion of Logan City Council land on Quinzeh Creek Road, known locally as the “council dump reserve”, located at the northern end of the Park.

For several years now, there have been constant problems with unauthorised access by motor vehicles and motorbikes into the Plunkett reserves, but in the past twelve months, there has been a noticeable rise in frequency and severity of these incidents.

These unauthorised vehicles are not only driving along the many walking tracks (causing mayhem for legal park users and damaging trails), but also go off-track, crushing the vegetation, scouring the rock outcrops, and causing severe erosion to the fragile sandstone slopes. The damage is quite horrendous in parts and amounts to vandalism of these scenic aspects.

Arson, defacement and rubbish dumping are also constant issues that are causes of great concern. Stolen vehicles are abandoned in the reserves and then set alight. It’s a situation that must not be allowed to continue.

A lack of fencing along parts of the Plunkett boundary is enabling entry, especially on the Logan City Council land, allowing easy access onto the QPWS reserves. By working collaboratively, QPWS and Logan City Council, as a first step, should build a network of adequate security fencing to block entry to illegal vehicles.

I appeal to you as the responsible representative to urgently take action to protect this precious parkland from further vandalism.

Yours faithfully,
<insert your name>
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Send your letters to:

1. State Government member for Logan – Mr Linus Power (Maxima House, 1-3 Helen Street HILLCREST QLD 4118, Email: Logan@parliament.qld.gov.au)

2. Federal Government Member for Wright – Mr Scott Buchholz (21 William Street Beaudesert QLD 4285, Email: scott.buchholz.mp@aph.gov.au)

3. Interim Administrator, Logan City Council – Ms Tamara O’Shea (PO Box 3226 Logan City DC QLD 4114, Email: council@logan.qld.gov.au)
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