New Oval and Path for Mt Gravatt School Causes Erosion Concerns At Ekibin Creek

The installation of a path adjacent to a new sports oval at Nursery Road State Special School in Mount Gravatt, near the banks of Ekibin Creek has caused concern among two environmental groups in the area.

The Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (N4C) and the Mt Gravatt Environment Group, citing a lack of coordination by the Department of Education and Training, raised the issues of potential erosion of the Ekibin Creek’s banks and damage to the planned infrastructure of the school, due to the relatively short distance between the creek bank and the path.

Mr. Michael Fox, president of the Mt Gravatt Environment Group, is asking for the release of the Department of Education and Training’s hydrology report. “We’re concerned they didn’t want to talk to us. If what they are doing is not done with proper care, then they could lose the infrastructure they are building.”

For their part, Stephanie Ford, president of N4C, would like to reassure the Nursery Road State Special School of their good intentions. “I want to make it clear that we totally agree with Nursery Road Special School (sic) having more sporting facilities. But it seems what they’re trying to do to the creek won’t work… There is already evidence of erosion and some of the creek banks are not looking too good.”

Ekibin Creek is considered a key wildlife link between the Norman Creek Catchment and the Mount Gravatt Conservation Reserve.