Sacred snag

A $60 MILLION development has hit a sacred site snag in Urangan.

Culturally significant Butchulla sites around Moolyyir Ck could spell trouble for the proposed Rosewood in Hervey Bay resort.

Butchulla elder, Ian Wheeler, has joined local residents' fight against the development.

While many details of the site are unable to be shared for cultural reasons, Mr Wheeler said there were places around the Moolyyir creek area which were used for both men's and women's business by the Butchulla.

A cooking area, complete with middens of shells, is still visible to this day, while a "bora ring" where men's business took place is also in the area.

"They (the developers) are killing our culture here," Mr Wheeler said bluntly.

Past the creek, down through the mangroves to the beach, and not far from the shell midden, is an important fishing site for the Butchulla, where traps were set.

It is not simply those indigenous to the area who oppose the development, however.

Lyle Thompson and his family live by Moolyyir Creek and were glad of Mr Wheeler's support, having fought the proposed development with their neighbours for years.

Mr Thompson's concerns about the development are environmental, worried about the loss of Moolyyir Creek and the mangroves themselves.

Mr Thompson said the area was a breeding ground for a number of bird species, while also being a habitat for native animals such as echidnas.

Another concern was a potential flooding hazard for the area making it unsuitable for development, Mr Thompson said.

The proposed development itself is for a massive eco-friendly resort.

The resort is designed to include four luxury homes, 10 villas and 46 holiday apartments for both holidaymakers and permanent residents.

The development application is currently before the Fraser Coast Regional Council for their consideration.

The council cannot comment publicly on development applications it is still deciding upon.

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