Crystal and Kerri Keppel, with baby Laura, are devastated a green buffer zone between them and Little’s Wrecking was bulldozed to make way for a development yet to be approved by Gympie Regional Council.
Crystal and Kerri Keppel, with baby Laura, are devastated a green buffer zone between them and Little’s Wrecking was bulldozed to make way for a development yet to be approved by Gympie Regional Council. Lee Gailer

Urban oasis disappears overnight

WHETHER it was listed as such or no, the green buffer zone separating a wrecking yard from its neighbours had been a wildlife corridor before it was decimated last week, a resident says.

Property developer Carl Green purchased the land adjacent to Victory Heights Estate, which is currently being leased by Little’s Wrecking. His plan is to subdivide the land into 150 house blocks however, a development application with Gympie Regional Council is yet to be approved.

To the disappointment of the people living next door, Mr Green bulldozed the 10-metre-wide green zone that bordered his property in anticipation that the development application would be approved.

“It’s environmental vandalism,” a shocked Kerri Keppel told The Gympie Times.

“There was a green corridor between us and the wrecking yard and now it’s gone.”

Ms Keppel said her son Josh and his wife Crystal bought the house beside the wreckers mainly because of the bushland and the privacy it provided.

Now the view from their windows is a large mound of dirt lined with car wrecks.

“This was all private when we bought the house in May last year,” Crystal Keppel said.

“In fact the previous owner asked Council if he could cut down a tree he considered dangerous and was refused on the grounds that it was growing in a green zone.

“The most annoying thing for us is that the Department of Environment and Resource Management told us it was once considered a green zone but it had been taken off the books in October last year.”

Mr Green said he had done nothing illegal by clearing the land because it was freehold land and not considered a nature reserve, despite what some neighbours first thought.

“I cleared the site because it’s going to be a future residential development,” he added.

“What’s going to happen is, the wrecking yard will be relocated to an industrial area and the land will be turned into a residential area to suit neighbouring areas.

“I’m sure the neighbours would prefer to have a residential area as opposed to having a wrecking yard beside them. As soon as the approval is through, works will begin on the (property).”

Gympie Times


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