KUR-World – a done deal for Kuranda?

KUR-World development is proposed for the Historically Zoned 12 Rural Titles 626ha (1545 acres) Barnwell Road in Kuranda. READ IN BRIEF: STORY SO FAR

The KUR-World proposed project area is located centrally in the Kuranda township in the Myola Valley.  The project area straddles sensitive habitat for endangered Wet Tropics species and development will severely impact on the Kuranda Envirolink Corridor – the narrow neck or “pinch point” – the forest bridge that joins the North and South Word Heritage Wet Tropics forests.  The land clearing done in preparation for the proposed development has already damaged the Kuranda Envirolink Corridor.  The illegal dam cut in December 2015 has already destroyed one seasonal breeding habitat for endangered species Kuranda Tree Frog.

The common misconceptions are:

  1. “Done deal” – it’s already too late.
  2. “Pie in the sky” – it’s never going to happen.
  3. Neither is true.  The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now in progress.

Our community doesn’t have much time to act.

We are a small tight-knit community of people 2000+ – with a wider supportive regional community – including Koah and Speewah.

Information is key.  Stay alert Kuranda and watch this space… 

* NEW: KUR-ALERT INFO PACK (PDF) packed with information topics such as water usage, jobs, traffic, high-density residential development, infrastructure, social dislocation, helicopter traffic, environment, community opinion so far, maps, outcomes for similar “resort” projects, knock on effects, taxpayer and ratepayer subsidies, and more ! Click here to download PDF

* NEW: STOP KUR-WORLD FUNDRAISER Video Series including Distinguished Professor Bill Laurance (below), Dr Cameron Murray and CAFNEC President Denis Walls, full set click here

Campaigning for Proper Planning for Kuranda Region
in line with recognised ecological values

The BARNWELL 12 RURAL TITLES are currently zoned RURAL.  We are asking for no change on the current land use, ie. the property must stay zoned rural and a separate town plan cannot be developed for this land.

We also believe the bottom 6 rural titles should be preserved – no development at all.  This remnant vegetation is corridor country for the endangered cassowary with outstanding ecological values.

The Myola Valley in our state and local planning instruments:

WHAT IS KUR-WORLD?

  • 323 x 600m2 high-density  residential
  • 50 x 600m2 – 2000m2 high-density residential
  • 500 students on University Campus
  • 18 hole golf course
  • 270 room hotel
  • 200 double-storey resort accommodation
  • 300 bed education centre
  • 60 bed health spa
  • shopping centre, amphitheatre, day spa, convention centre with capacity for 500 people
  • adventure park

KUR-World is being marketed as an ‘eco’-tourism resort with high-density residential blocks proposed for the Myola Valley – central passage of land between Barnwell Rd. in the north and Warril Dve.  The owner of the land is a “Macau businessman” Ken Lee who purchased a large rural family owned property in January 2014.

CAMPAIGN POSTCARD

PRINTABLES

> KRPG Resident Survey PDF
> KRPG KUR-World Fact Sheet PDF
> KRPG Official Petition PDF

KRPG Meeting with Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA) / Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (formerly QPWS)

On Thursday 26 April at 10am, our KRPG cohort of 5 met with WTMA / NPGR  for 2 hours.  Thank you to Max Chappell and Andrew Millerd for your time to present our community story.

> Saving the Myola Valley

KRPG Meeting with State Coordinator General’s Office

On Thursday 9 March at 10am, our KRPG cohort of 7 met with the State Office for 2 hours.  We were very grateful to be given the opportunity to present our community story at this level of government – and thank Michele Bauer (Assistant Coordinator-General), Karen Oakley and Steven Tarte for coming to FNQ for these important meetings.  Other meetings around KUR-World also occurred in Mareeba during their visit.

> MEETING AGENDA (PDF)
> COORDINATOR GENERAL PRESENTATION PACK (FILES)
> MEETING MINUTES – coming soon

KUR-WORLD COMMUNITY REFERENCE GROUP (CRG)

We have serious doubts about the representation this cohort actually offers our Kuranda community. The members have been cherry-picked by KUR-World – with very little representation of people who actually live and/ or have businesses in Kuranda.  There is also a high proportion of KUR-World engaged contractors.

  1. Letter to Coordinator General, concerns about Community Reference Group for KUR-World ‘Eco’ Resort
  2. KUR-WORLD Style Community Consultation
  3. Provisions for local government representation

EIS PROCESS

  1. Environmental Impact Statement Terms of Reference Released October 2016, see link below
  2. Studies and documentation can continue for up to a year
  3. Timing is fluid, depending on the developer’s capacity to provide the final submission

> Click here to open the KUR-World EIS Terms of Reference

Southern Cassowary
Threatened Species Commissioner’s
20 Priority Bird Species

> The Australian Government’s Threatened Species Strategy
> Southern Cassowary listing

HAVE YOUR SAY

Find out more Info Table @ Foodworks Wed arvos 3.00-5.00pm See you there!
Complete Resident Survey online Click here
Send your personal Kuranda Region Have your Say email Click here
KUR-Selfie Share your views via Facebook photo / video upload Click here
Like KUR-Alert Facebook Page to find out the latest Click here
KUR-World Campaign Crystal Ball Colouring Activity Print
Contribute to Dirty Creeks of Kuranda Photo / Video Project Click here

RECEIVE EMAIL

KUR-MYTH SERIES

KUR-MYTH: KUR-World / KUR-Cow is an “eco”-tourism development in Kuranda Region

EPBC Referral of proposed action 30 MAY 2016 SOURCE: http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/_entity/annotation/ed8beb29-0b26-e611-bb47-005056ba00a8/a71d58ad-4cba-48b6-8dab-f3091fc31cd5?t=1464830277340 A choice of residential lots for ‘Lifestyle’ (approximately 50) or

KUR-MYTH: There is a demonstrated need for the KUR-World development in Kuranda Region

EIS: DEMONSTRATE THE NEED The next stage for KUR-World is the Environmental Impact Statement.  Our current local

KUR-MYTH: KUR-World Fluffy Master Plan Precedent Series – Kewarra Beach :: Paradise Palms

MASTER PLAN PROMISES VS WHAT WAS ACTUALLY DELIVERED PROMISED 18 hole world championship golf course and club

KUR-MYTH: There are meaningful jobs for locals

JOBS-WASH FRONT AND CENTRE OF ALL KUR-MEDIA – JOBS, JOBS, JOBS Yes.  It’s true we want our

KUR-MYTH: KUR-World Developer Ken Lee REEVER AND OCEAN (DEVELOPMENTS) PTY LTD has acted in accordance with Australian Laws

Summary KUR-World Legals Summary DRAFT (PDF) Detail KUR-MYTH: KUR-WORLD developer Ken Lee, Reever and Ocean Developments Pty Ltd has

KUR-MYTH: KUR-World Master Plan Significant Design Issues Series – proposed main traffic accesses are environmentally friendly

[1] PROPOSED IN MASTER PLAN: Redevelop existing Kennedy Highway traffic lights to 5-WAY intersection cuts through Vital Fairyland Corridor Conservation

KUR-MYTH: KUR-World Fluffy Master Plan Precedent Series – PORT HINCHINBROOK :: Integrated Resort

MASTER PLAN PROMISES VS WHAT WAS ACTUALLY DELIVERED DELIVERED Residential canal estate with house blocks Boat ramp

KUR-MYTH: KUR-World Fluffy Master Plan Precedent Series – False Cape :: Reef Cove Resort

MASTER PLAN PROMISES VS WHAT WAS ACTUALLY DELIVERED DELIVERED Money was raised from overseas investors and much

KUR-MYTH: KUR-World Team have the credentials and track record for MEGA DEVELOPMENT on ecologically sensitive land

KUR-WORLD TEAM CREDENTIALS KEN LEE KEN LEE REEVER AND OCEAN PTY LTD REEVER AND OCEAN CAPITAL

KUR-MYTH: KUR-World Developer Ken Lee REEVER AND OCEAN (DEVELOPMENTS) PTY LTD has acted in accordance with the local laws

SITE1 EARTHWORKS SITE1 EARTHWORKS is positioned on the KUR-World Master Plan as a water feature on the LIFESTYLE VILLAS

#1 KUR-MYTH: KUR-WORLD PROPOSAL FITS WITHIN THE FNQ REGIONAL PLAN

Why are we wasting precious government agency time, ie. taxpayer/ ratepayer dollars, when the KUR-World proposal simply fails at the

KUR-World Myth: KUR-World & Jobs: net gain or loss?

Would the KUR-World project, if approved, bring prosperity to the Kuranda region with increased levels of employment? A closer look

KUR-WORLD MEDIA RELEASES

MEDIA RELEASE: In desperation, local community and conservationists turn to Palaszczuk Government to save the Kuranda Region’s threatened environment

DATE: 1 February 2018 MEDIA RELEASE TO: MEDIA LIST Local community and conservationists have written to the Minister for Local Government,

MEDIA RELEASE: KUR-WORLD DEVELOPER MCU APPROVED BY Mareeba Shire Council “delegated authority”

DATE: 29 November 2017 MEDIA RELEASE TO: MEDIA LIST KUR-WORLD DEVELOPER MCU APPROVED BY Mareeba Shire Council "delegated authority" While attention

MEDIA RELEASE: KURANDA RESIDENTS APPLAUD GUTSY STATE GOVERNMENT ACTION ON GOLD COAST AND CALL FOR THE SAME

DATE: 9 August 2017 MEDIA RELEASE TO: MEDIA LIST KURANDA RESIDENTS APPLAUD GUTSY STATE GOVERNMENT ACTION ON GOLD COAST AND CALL

LETTER TO PREMIER: Re Conserving Kuranda’s Unique Environment and Grossly Inappropriate Actions by Mareeba Shire Council

DATE: 28 JULY 2017 TO: The Right Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland, PO Box 15185 City East QLD

MEDIA RELEASE: Kuranda group raises concerns over newly formed KUR-World financial backers

DATE: 1 JULY 2017 MEDIA RELEASE TO: MEDIA LIST Kuranda group raises concerns over newly formed KUR-World financial backers "The Kur-Alert

MEDIA RELEASE: KUR-World – LOCALS HAVE THEIR SAY

DATE: 22 JUNE 2017 MEDIA RELEASE TO: MEDIA LIST KUR-World - LOCALS HAVE THEIR SAY If there is one way of pulling

MEDIA RELEASE: KUR-World developer’s successive legal breaches make his “Eco-Resort” claims even more dubious

DATE: 2 June 2017 MEDIA RELEASE TO: MEDIA LIST KUR-World developer's successive legal breaches make his "Eco-Resort" claims even more dubious

MEDIA RELEASE: KUR-World 2.0: More ridiculous than the first KUR-World ‘Master Plan’!

DATE: 15 MAY 2017 MEDIA RELEASE TO: MEDIA LIST KUR-World 2.0: More ridiculous than the first KUR-World 'Master Plan'! Residents and

MEDIA RELEASE: Kuranda Rally says NO to KUR-World!

DATE: 26 MAR 2017 MEDIA RELEASE TO: MEDIA LIST Kuranda Rally says NO to KUR-World! Today's rally against the proposed 'Kur-World'

MEDIA RELEASE: KUR-ALERT ORGANISES MASS RALLY AGAINST KUR-WORLD – THIS SUNDAY 10:30am KURANDA

DATE: 20 MAR 2017 MEDIA RELEASE TO: MEDIA LIST KUR-ALERT ORGANISES MASS RALLY AGAINST KUR-WORLD - THIS SUNDAY 10:30am KURANDA KUR-Alert is

OUTGOING COMMUNICATIONS ABOUT KUR-WORLD

MEDIA RELEASE: In desperation, local community and conservationists turn to Palaszczuk Government to save the Kuranda Region’s threatened environment

DATE: 1 February 2018 MEDIA RELEASE TO: MEDIA LIST Local community and conservationists have written to the Minister for Local Government,

RE: BOOM! We have a high-density subdivision (x2)…

From: Jo Sent: Tuesday, 23 January 2018 10:30 AM To: Council list Cc: kur-world@coordinatorgeneral.qld.gov.au Subject: BOOM! We have a high-density

RE: CARDNO ERROR ON DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION – MATERIAL CHANGE OF USE – MCU170012 – 18 December 2017

LETTER FROM CARDNO LAWYER GEORGE LINDSAY - 21 DECEMBER 2017 Cease and Desist Letter 221217 (PDF) EXTRACT: Cardno considers the

21 June 2017 – The day democracy died in Mareeba Shire

REFERENCES MAREEBA SHIRE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES 21 JUNE 2017 PDF MEDIA RELEASE 29 November 2017: KUR-WORLD DEVELOPER MCU APPROVED BY

MEDIA RELEASE: KUR-WORLD DEVELOPER MCU APPROVED BY Mareeba Shire Council “delegated authority”

DATE: 29 November 2017 MEDIA RELEASE TO: MEDIA LIST KUR-WORLD DEVELOPER MCU APPROVED BY Mareeba Shire Council "delegated authority" While attention

PETITION: Gain back the right for our elected Councillors to represent us

Please sign this petition to support Councillors in gaining back control to represent us on Development Application decisions. PETITION

KUR-ALERT Armchair Direct Action – Petition Submission

Petition to clean up KUR-World dam failure in Owen Creek catchment before the sediment load DESTROYS MORE endangered Kuranda Tree

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR BILL LAURANCE JCU TESS

STOP KUR-WORLD FUNDRAISER, Friday 28 July 2017 welcomes Distinguished Professor Bill Laurance from JCU Centre for Tropical Environmental Sustainability

LETTER: TO CHINESE AMBASSADOR CANBERRA, REGARDING KUR-WORLD PROPOSAL IN KURANDA, FNQ

DATE: 30 August 2017 LETTER: TO CHINESE AMBASSADOR CANBERRA, REGARDING KUR-WORLD PROPOSAL IN KURANDA, FNQ TO: CHINESE AMBASSADOR Dear Chinese Ambassador We

MEDIA RELEASE: KURANDA RESIDENTS APPLAUD GUTSY STATE GOVERNMENT ACTION ON GOLD COAST AND CALL FOR THE SAME

DATE: 9 August 2017 MEDIA RELEASE TO: MEDIA LIST KURANDA RESIDENTS APPLAUD GUTSY STATE GOVERNMENT ACTION ON GOLD COAST AND CALL

OPEN LETTER: TO PREMIER ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK AND MAREEBA SHIRE MAYOR TOM GILMORE

DATE: 6 AUGUST 2017 TO: The Right Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland CC: Mareeba Shire Council, Cairns Post, Kuranda Region Planning