An aerial view of Stockland's new Aura subdivision taking shape at Caloundra South.
An aerial view of Stockland's new Aura subdivision taking shape at Caloundra South. Contributed

Stark contrast to city's present reality

AFTER seeing for the first time the huge colourful objects at the large roundabout outside Caloundra promoting the new city of Aura, one quickly realises just what this city will be about.

"City of Colour” is its logo, but sadly it is a barren land.

As with similar developments around the Coast, this one is no exception. We know shrubs will be planted, but why on Earth does a whole "natural” landscape need to disappear?

Block sizes are ridiculously small, leaving little or no room for grass or tree plantings to enhance the land sustainably.

And of course, this will mean a total reliance on air-conditioning.

This is similar to many other properties around our area, such as Caloundra Shopping Centre where, several years ago, numerous beautiful paperbarks lining the parking area perimeters were completely cut down, leaving a stark, blank canvas once again.

Many trees were also ripped out for development at the old Tripcony Caravan Park in Caloundra.

Does anyone realise what constantly decimating our landscape does?

If not, then perhaps they should read up on just how imperative environmental protection is for our planet if we are to survive as a species. Maybe one day our decision-makers will wake up - but will it be all too late?

JAN HOPKINS

Dicky Beach