Specimen hill on the Callide range in Dumgree is in private property not far off the Dawson highway. The hilltop offers views all around and cooling breezes especially during summer.
Eight major pipeline routes (operational and under construction) intersect various existing infrastructure such as at least eight highways/major roads, eight rail crossings and power lines. In the vicinity of these routes are eight state forests and reserves including the Great Dividing Range, the Callide ranges and Mt Larcom ranges. About two-thirds of the affected land is under freehold tenure (privately-owned land).
Pollution of waters due to uncontrolled release of chemicals used in construction is a very realistic threat.
We were oblivious to all these, going about our business, navigating streams and creeks, trekking steep hillsides and slipping and sliding down gullies.
Lantana weed is poisonous to cattle stock. Lantana forms dense thickets that smother native vegetation. These thickets become impenetrable for animals, people and vehicles. They are spread by fruit‐eating birds but mostly by people.
All these issues and more are in urgent need of attention, or well may we ask "what price development?"