From: Chris Smyth [email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, 19
October 2003 9:15 PM
Attention: Rob de Haas. Saving Point Nepean E-letter No. 7
Saving Point Nepean Very late on late on Friday, Fran Bailey, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for Defence, announced the preferred tenderer for the lease of 90
hectares at Point Nepean -- a consortium involving a large Queensland
property developer (FKP Limited) with a proposal for at least one hotel, bars,
restaurants, maritime college campus and new buildings.
E-letter No. 7
Fight for Point Nepean not
We have arrived
at another stage in what has been a secretive process that has avoided any
public scrutiny of proposals for Point Nepean. And that secrecy is
continuing. We probably won't hear much of the bid's details until the
lease has begun on 1 November.
The next two weeks are crucial if we are
to win national park protection for all of Point Nepean. We need to stop
the leasing process in its tracks before the lease is signed.
What is FKP proposing?FKP Limited, the Queensland-based property
developer proposes a 200-bed cliff-top hotel and conference centre with bars and
a swimming pool. These will be in heritage-listed buildings (apparently
involving exclusive access to them) but also in an undisclosed number of new
A maritime college campus with accommodation (residential?)
for 200 students is also part of the proposal.
The consortium has
added museums and an aboriginal cultural centre, but these appear subsidiary to
the hotel, convention centre and campus developments and over time could have
even lesser importance as development expands.
For expand is what
it is quite likely to do. Consortium head, Simon McKeon, confirmed today that
'More services, including hotels could be added ... if there was demand'.
(Sunday Herald-Sun, 19.10.03).
What do we know about FKP Limited? The company's website (fkp.gov.au) says it
is one of Queensland's leading property developers and Australia's largest
developer of retirement villages. It appears that the company has significant
interest in beachfront property development (eg. Airlee Beach in the
Something that doesn't appear on the company's website, but
which could be relevant to our concerns, is that a Brisbane-based company, FKP
Constructions, (FKP Limited does have a constructions division), was fined by
the Maroondah City Council for illegally felling trees and failing to protect
existing vegetation at a retirement village construction site in Croydon,
Victoria, in January this year. The trees included three not in the way of
construction and some outside the construction site. FKP Constructions also
failed to submit a landscape plan. Previously the local council failed to
stop the clearance of the site's vegetation in the Victorian Civil and
In March FKP Constructions was in more trouble
at the site when it was asked by the Council and the Environment Protection
Authority to control dust blowing off the site. (At the bottom of this message
we reproduce articles from the Maroondah Journal detailing these
If FKP Constructions and FKP Limited are one and the same
(and a preliminary search of the Australian Securities and Investments
Commission database <asic.gov.au> indicates that they are), then is this
the type of company we would want to see managing our significant natural and
cultural heritage at Point Nepean?
Let's swamp talkback and the letters pages this
(and indeed all throughout this week) it would be great if you could help us
'swamp' talkback radio and the letters pages to let our views be known.
We want a fully integrated, unified and genuine national park for all
of Point Nepean.
- ABC 774 Ph: 9414 1774 or 1800 033 800
- 1278 (3AW) Ph: 9696 1278.
- The Age Ph: 9670 1601; fax: 9601 2414; email: letters@the age.com.au
(no attachments, message must be in body of message) ph: 03 9670 1601 to
dictate letters of fewer than 50 words.
On any letters you must include your full name and
address and a daytime phone number for verification.
- Herald-Sun Ph: 9292 3666, Fax: 9292 2944, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org (no attachments, message must be in body of
again for your generous support. We only have this week and next to prevent our
priceless heritage being leased to Queensland property developers for 40 years
Please keep phoning, writing and emailing the Commonwealth
Government as often as you can.
We can make a difference!
We can Save Point Nepean!
Please circulate this email to as many people
as you are able.
Much more to follow in the coming days but here is
the media release that we sent out today.
MEDIA RELEASEThe Victorian National Parks Association
and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) have condemned the Commonwealth
Government's decision to lease Point Nepean to a consortium involving one of
Queensland's largest property developers.
19 October 2003
Attention: Chiefs of
Commonwealth Government's secretive process chooses profit
protection at Point Nepean
Mr Stephen Hare, CEO of the
National Trust, said that the Commonwealth's decision threatened Point Nepean's
Quarantine Station and coastal moonah woodland.
community's vision of an integrated, unified and genuine national park covering
all of Point Nepean has been ignored, the Commonwealth Government preferring to
disintegrate ownership and management and thus threaten the integrity of Point
Nepean’s very special heritage.'
'The partners in this consortium are
unlikely to have the necessary experience and expertise to manage such important
natural and cultural heritage and, as we know, the leasing documents provide for
changes to leasing conditions simply with the consent of the tenant and
landlord and again in secret without public input.'
'There are no
guarantees of protection for Point Nepean, and what we see in the disturbing
initial stages of development an hotel, convention centre, bars,
restaurants, maritime college campus and new buildings could be changed,
expanded and intensified in the future. Indeed, the head of the consortium
has already indicated in today's Sunday Herald Sun that more hotels are a
Mr Michael Fendley, Director of the VNPA, said that the
Commonwealth Government, by choosing profit over protection, was throwing proper
coastal planning out the window at Point Nepean.
'The lease of Point
Nepean to the consortium involving a Queensland property developer is set to
begin on 1 November. That's less than a fortnight away, and still the
Victorian community has been denied the opportunity to scrutinise the proposals
of the preferred tenderer. This is the height of arrogance from a
Government that has been more concerned with secrecy than the accountability,
transparency and sound public land policy and planning required in such a
process. The Expression of Interest and Tender Process has been appalling
from Day One and should be subjected to further investigation.'
Nepean's natural and cultural heritage is far too important to be decided behind
the scenes by the Defence Department. Its future should be as a
national park, with clear objectives set before appropriate uses are
determined. This is the right and proper way to proceed, not as the
Commonwealth is doing, putting use ahead of protection and profit ahead of a
park of world-class standard.'
'The appropriate owners and managers of
Point Nepean are the Victorian community, the Victorian Government and Parks
Victoria within a national park management process outlined by the Victorian
government in its Concept Plan.'
Two articles about FKP Constructions from the Maroondah
Queensland developer has been fined for illegally felling trees and failing to
protect existing vegetation at a Croydon construction site.
DEVELOPER FINED OVER TREE FELLING By Goya Bennett
the Journal reported concerns regarding the destruction of trees at the Mingara
Village site in Mt Dandenong Road.
Maroondah Council strategic and
corporate services director Steve Kozlowski last week said four infringement
notices totalling $4,000 had been issued to Brisbane firm FKP
“There were four fines issued and they were fines issued
for failure to protect the existing vegetation that was to remain on the site,”
As previously reported in the Journal, the council was forced to
approve the removal of all vegetation at the site after losing an appeal to stop
the development at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
FKP Constructions was only required to retain three trees on site, which weren’t
in the way of construction, a fine was issued for failing to protect these trees
Mr Kozlowski said another fine was issued for failing to
protect a stand of cypress trees along the Mount Dandenong Road
“It was a technical breach where they were required to place
orange safety webbing around the base of the trees,” he said.
officers investigated the site, they found this had not taken place.”
said the trees were still healthy and would remain.
Mr Kozlowski said a
third fine was issued because the developer failed to submit a landscape plan
while the fourth breach related to illegally cutting down trees.
last of the fines was for some trees that weren’t meant to be removed in that
stage of construction and that was the construction people’s fault,” he
“There was the removal of some vegetation outside the construction
Mr Kozlowski said development at the site would be closely
monitored by the council.
“The council has asked the developers to
provide details in relation to their construction timetable which would enable
consultation to take place with neighbouring residents in regard to planned
future works on the site”, he said.
“Council officers regularly attended
the site and have been in regular contact with the construction people to make
sure they adhere to planning controls.
STORM IN A DUST SITE By Goya Bennett A Queensland developer fined by
Maroondah Council for illegal tree removal has again created a
18 March 2003
Brisbane firm, FKP Constructions, was fined $4,000 on four
separate breaches related to illegally felling trees and failing to protect
remaining vegetation at the Mingara Retirement Village site in Mt Dandenong
Now the developer has stirred residents’ wrath by allegedly
creating dust storms in the area.
Croydon Conservation Society president
Keith Loveridge said residents had called in the Environment Protection
Authority (EPA) because of the dust storms caused by building works.
society twice called the EPA about the creation of huge dust storms which went
all over the residents in the retirement homes,” he said.
“The EPA told
them to spray the place with water – which they didn’t. Trucks were leaving the
site with their loads uncovered. The EPA told them they had no sediment controls
in place. Also, they had no wash down facilities in place.”
strategic and corporate services director Steve Kozlowski confirmed council
officers had also visited the site and ordered it to be watered down in a bid to
Investigations into alleged breaches are
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