Aboriginal tribes block housing on Deebing Ck Mission

ALL three Aboriginal tribes of Ipswich have moved to block development on the last remaining parcel of the former Deebing Creek Mission site.

Jagera Daran director Madonna Thomson said the group had pulled out of consultation on the proposal as they believed no development should proceed on the site.

"This is all that is left to preserve what was one of the first missions in Queensland," she said.

"I personally do not believe any development should happen there. It is part of Queensland history that we should be wanting to preserve so that is not forgotten."

As reported in the QT on Friday, members of the Yuggera and Ugarapul tribes have also opposed any development on the site.

Australand and Deebing Developments have put forward plans for a 600-home residential development on the heritage- listed site.

An intact well from the mission.
An intact well from the mission. David Nielsen

A cemetery, historic plantings, a well, Second World War structures and footings of the original mission buildings are present on the site. Jagera Daran is the indigenous authority the development is referred to under the Aboriginal Cultural Act.

Ms Thomson, whose great-uncle is the late Neville Bonner, said Jagera Daran was only called in at the 11th hour of the proposal.

"This proposed plan is on what is remaining of what was once a 200 acre (80ha) mission," she said.

"The community doesn't realise this place has been carved up and converted to freehold and sold off very sneakily for decades."

The 114ha development site is in an area recognised by the State Government as priority future residential and is surrounded by developments including Stockland's Sovereign Pocket and the recently approved Paradise Waters and other large lot estates along Grampian Dr.

Australand development director Scott Ullman confirmed the company was looking at the site but would not make comment on development plans yesterday.

A photo of residents at the Deebing Creek Mission taken about 1900.
A photo of residents at the Deebing Creek Mission taken about 1900. Contributed