Plea to save Kinbombi
RESIDENTS opposed to a 499-head feedlot close to Kinbombi Falls are calling for council to reconsider their recommendation to approve the development at the proposed site.
Russell Seears, a long-term Kinbombi Road landholder who presented Gympie Regional Council (GRC) with two petitions from concerned residents during the approval process, told The Gympie Times that Kinbombi Falls was one of the few tourist attractions in the Goomeri and Kilkivan area.
“Day visitors and overnight travellers often use the council-maintained facilities and there are many references and recommendations online that encourage tourists to visit this unique geological area that has permanent waterholes through the driest of years,” Mr Seears said.
He added that the council had given no consideration to where the water supply was coming from and how the required up to 70,000 litres per day could be sustainably extracted from groundwater without impacting on the Goomeri water supply weir.
“And there is no way that the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) have taken into account the odour and nuisance fly issues from the proposed feedlot for the Kinbombi Falls tourist park and the risks associated with pollution of the Kinbombi Gorge from runoff,” he said.
Another local landholder, Glenda Pickersgill said they had received online support from people who wanted to preserve the camping site with a Facebook page “Save Kinbombi Falls” established.
“We’re urging residents to contact their local councillors, write in to the local papers and get on the radio talkback shows to show community support to overturn this approval and save Kinbombi Falls,” she said.
“Every Gympie councillor should visit this special area before signing over its death warrant.”