23rd September 2014
Animal Liberation Queensland reports a further 1,000 plus signatures were lodged with the Logan City Council on Tuesday 16th September opposing the ‘socially unacceptable’ Cronulla Park Greyhound Complex. The number of local residents and visitors to Logan who are opposed to the Greyhound Racing complex is quickly approaching 10,000!
Discussions were held with residents at recent community gatherings held by prominent local business owner and resident Graeme Palmer and candidate for the Greens Dr Scott Thomson at Cronulla Park. Both reported that residents are mostly either unaware or opposed to the proposed greyhound complex. People do not want a greyhound track due to the negative economic and social implications of gambling, environmental concerns or animal welfare issues associated with racing and excessive breeding.
Graeme Palmer is also concerned that the proposed Cronulla Park Greyhound Complex is not in line with the specific outcomes stated in the Logan Planning Scheme 2009. Mr Palmer said “Section 3-419, O23 clearly states the ‘development provides a benefit to and satisfies both a community need and an economic need of the residents.’
The Greens candidate Dr Scott Thomson said ‘”There are concerns about landfill contaminants under the proposed track being released into groundwater or escaping into Slacks creek if the development proceeds. The Council approved Development Application does not appear to have any contaminant monitoring requirements during or after track construction.’”
Ms Hayley cotton, Animal Liberation Queensland spokesperson said “With nearly 10,000 Queenslanders’ petition signatures and recent feedback from the community gathering, this is a clear message that the proposed Cronulla Park Greyhound Complex does not meet community expectations nor does it satisfy a community need.”
Ms Cotton adds “The Logan City Council recently voted to send a letter to the Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, requesting that based on the concerns raised by residents, the proposed greyhound racing facility at Cronulla Park, Slack Creek, not proceed and that funding be spent on more appropriate projects in Logan.”
Animal Liberation Queensland is calling on the State Government to listen to the community and the Logan City Council and put a halt to the proposed ‘socially unacceptable’ Cronulla Park Greyhound Racing Complex.