Bird migration expert Milly Formby will speak at the annual Walk for Toondah at Cleveland on May 14 as part of a solo trip around Australia following migratory bird routes.
She flies in an ultralight plane, connecting to community groups along the way and speaking on migratory birds and the protection of wetlands.
The walk is an initiative of the Toondah Alliance, a group dedicated to saving the coastal environment from development. It is expected to attract hundreds of people.
The walk leaves the Raby Bay harbour at 9am on May 14 and is an opportunity for the community to share concerns about plans to build high rise apartments at Toondah Harbour.
The proposed $1.4 billion development, the largest in the Redlands’ history, would see 3600 units built on Ramsar wetlands in the Moreton Bay Marine Park.
Developer Walker Corporation is currently assessing and responding to submissions on its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The final EIS will be submitted to Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek, who will have 40 days to decide if the project can proceed.
Australian Conservation Foundation Community Bayside’s Tania Kromoloff said last year’s Walk for Toondah event attracted about 2200 people.
Before the walk, Uncle Norm Enoch will give the welcome to country and there will be displays, stalls, music and a choir. Giant Eastern Curlew puppet, Beako, will also accompany walkers.
The walk will complete its circuit via Wynyard, Middle and Wellington streets, returning to Raby Bay about 10.30am.