ANGERED residents and animal activists have temporarily stopped workers from turning a wetlands area in Bundall into a car park for the Gold Coast Turf Club, fearing it will displace hundreds of local birds.
The 2.7 hectare site will be filled in to make way for a car park which would cater for the Gold Coast Show and large racing events.
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Local horse trainer Gillian Heinrich told myGC the Turf Club had only notified them of the decision to fill in the environmental lake on Thursday afternoon.
Gillian’s horse stable backs onto the wetlands which she says is home to thousands of birds, including a black swan currently sitting on a nest of six eggs (pictured).
“They are going to take out this beautiful lake and make all these birds homeless just to make room for a car park that is going to be used for three days of the year for the Gold Coast Show,” she said.
“What’s going on? What are they going to do with all these animals?
“Some of these beautiful birds have been here for 30 years.”
After voicing her concerns over the potential impact to the local wildlife and preventing trucks from dumping dirt, Gillian said her husband spoke with City of Gold Coast Division Seven Councillor Mr Lex Bell who ordered work to stop on Friday.
“They (council) have pulled the trucks away for now until they find an expert to see if they can move the birds before going ahead with filling in the lake,” she said.
Gold Coast president of Wildlife Queensland Sally Spain is outraged and has also joined the fight. She believes some of the birds may even be protected.
Gold Coast City Council have been contacted for comment.