The Environment and the Community
Our Bit for the Environment
Moorhead Family Communities actually care about the environment at Parklands Grange.
We will have a go at the majority of developers with their ‘Green Wash’. They really only care about making money. They think that they are helping by making their signs green and naming their streets after tree species , most of which they have knocked over.
We think that there are three aspects to genuinely minimizing the damage to the environment and, even in some cases, enhancing the environment.
- The developer can and should seriously consider preserving pockets of remnant native vegetation with the view that these areas will be become important wildlife corridors. These areas also provide great shady multi-modal pathways areas for residents and visitors. We have worked in with Council at the Parklands Park to provide a 10 acre undisturbed area of remnant regrowth adjacent the new Ian Ross Studholme Path. Hopefully this area will eventually have more access paths and interpretive signage shortly. The developer can also incorporate suitable local native vegetation in the streetscapes. So we have done both of those things by preserving long buffer strips adjacent drainage corridors and adjoin agricultural land at Parklands Grange . We have even left an entry statement of native bush as you drive in from Price St. Further we have put up explanatory signage to encourage owners to consider planting local native species. As an aside we source most of trees from the local Landcare team in Norville and pay commercial rates to financially support and encourage those fantastic volunteers. All buyers of a block at Parklands Grange are welcome to get free tray of native tube stock from us by emailing us. Keith can deliver them to you when you are ready to plant them.
- The local Council can help by leaving the native plant corridors alone. Yep. Please do next to nothing. Stop poisoning regrowth and native grasses. Only the removal visible rubbish and spot spraying of weeds should be attended to. Native trees do not need fertilizer, watering or wiper-snipping. We are working in with Council to improve maintenance procedures and save rate-payers unnecessary expense. As an aside , did you know that Bundaberg’s new Floral Emblem is a North Queensland endemic not a local plant? This seems crazy to us. So we have decided to use our own local native floral emblem, the Weeping Bottlebrush. This species is hardy, grows in most undisturbed creek areas around the district and flowers regularly.
- You. Our amazing new and future residents can contribute enormously by planting local native species in your gardens. Why on earth people plant rainforest palm trees is crazy we think! Local natives require very little water or fertilizer and look great. Why not put out a few watering points for local birds and native animals? Or go out at night in summer after rain with the Dettol and knock out the cane toads? Or by considering whether you really need a domestic cat that spends much of its time reducing lizard and bird populations? Despite what people might say, we think that helping enhance the environment is both sensible and achievable. Not everyone will care . We know that. But the more that do care, the better we all will feel but importantly, the local Bush Stone-Curlews and Eastern Grey Kangaroos et al will be happy also.”
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“Parklands Grange Infrastructure and the Bundaberg Regional Council and other Government Bodies.
Moorhead Family Communities Bundaberg prides itself with our desire to negotiate with Council and the Community to get great assets built at Parklands Grange.
Prior to Parklands Grange, we worked in with Council to start the process with Parklands Estate back over 15 years ago.
In the early days, our achievements were modest but significant. We were one of the first developments of its time to put power underground on acreage blocks. This is the norm now but it was a bit radical back then when even small residential estates still had overhead power!
Then we moved away from narrow rural bitumen style roads (similar to that in the current stage of Blackbeauty Heights) to smoother and wider Asphalt. Asphalt is safer, quieter, less loose stone and less maintenance for Council in the long run. But, of course, it costs more. Ian Studholme (RIP) was the salesman back then and he assured us that the smart buyers don’t mind paying a bit more for a superior product. Ian was right!
And so it went on. Now we have kerbing also. But probably the most significant improvement came about in recent years with the wide 4m culverts and asphalt covered entranceways right up to the property boundaries.
We were also one of the first estates in Queensland to negotiate with Telstra Smart Communities and now NBN to get genuine FTTN (Fibre to the node) broadband internet to every newly developed block. Until you have experienced FTTN Internet , you haven’t had internet!
But that is half the story. We have entered into an Infrastructure Agreement (IA) with Council to Offset Headworks Taxes against physical construction of awesome assets for both new and existing residents, as well as visitors. These have been built in collaboration with Council and the Community by Moorhead Family Communities, Bundaberg. Assets include the ever-growing network of multi-modal pathways, play equipment, a shelter shed and car park to name a few. Future assets include extending the pathway network and exercise equipment in the existing park.
So, if anyone thinks that there is more that we can do, please click on the Contact Us tag and let us know”