Bridgeman Downs is known for its bushy landscape, but a slice of its green beauty is now at the centre of a court battle between developers and the Brisbane City Council.
Local wildlife preservation groups say 415-427 Beckett road is critical koala, squirrel gliders and grey goshawk habitat.
The development proposal for this land includes a service station, childcare centre and 39 townhouses.
Council originally rejected the development application but the developers are appealing that decision in the Planning and Environment Court.
An online petition is circulating calling on Council to stop the development entirely by buying the land.
On there, residents have been voicing their concerns.
“Humans need to stop removing precious bushland for wildlife. Haven’t we done enough damage?” Melissa Houston said.
“This will have a significant negative impact on fauna and flora. The roads and infrastructure will not support further development,” Susan Turner commented.
“Please stop the development now. Preserve the few remaining large blocks along this corridor.” Angela Sprink wrote.
Council Opposition Leader Jared Cassidy says there is one way to make sure this development never goes ahead and that’s for Council to buy the land.
“The Lord Mayor needs to stop wasting ratepayer funds in a developer court battle and buy this land to protect Brisbane’s wildlife,” Cr Cassidy said.
“This is one of the most significant pieces of habitat in the Mountain to Mangroves Corridor and is home to a large koala community.”
To view the online petition click here.