Koala habitat raises concern for PGS Invest’s co-located retirement village project near Ipswich, QLD

A retirement village proposed by Gold Coast company PGS Invest in Goodna, about 40km west of Brisbane, has raised concerns in the Council over the destruction of koala habitat.

The 189-unit village, which is also expected to contain an 81-bed aged care home with 15 disabled accommodation units, would be built on 11.4 hectares – including five hectares of bushland containing critical habitat for koalas. , soaring squirrels, mighty owls, gray headed flying foxes and other native wildlife.

Ipswich City Council has asked for more information land clearing, flood prevention and other aspects of development. Precinct Urban Planning, which is assisting PSG with the project and has submitted a report to Council, says it will be an “eco-sensitive development that will strike a balance between community needs and environmental values.

“In this regard, the applicant undertakes to improve and rehabilitate the extent of the vegetation that will be retained on the site as part of the overall development.

“It should be noted that the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning has recently approved the extent of vegetation clearing that may be undertaken at the site,” says the firm.

The development application was filed last year, with the entire project to be built in seven stages.

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