- Wednesday 16 November 2016
An incredible 27.5 hectare eucalypt and rainforest habitat in the foothills of Buderim will be protected and enhanced for many future generations to come thanks to your Environment Levy.
Council’s latest Environment Levy Land Acquisition Program purchase, 62-124 Crosby Hill Rd, is one of the largest remaining vegetated lots in the Buderim area and home to tall habitat trees along with a number of the Coast’s protected plant and animal species, including the biggest owl in Australia - the powerful owl (Ninox strenua).
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the $1.25 million property was a significant addition to council’s conservation estate and increased the amount of land purchased through the Environment Levy to more than 2860 hectares since the early 1990s.
Just over one third (1052 hectares) has been acquired since 2008.
“Through the Environment Levy, council aims to maintain, and improve, the biodiversity of our region. Protecting environmentally significant land and improving connectivity between habitat areas are part of that aim,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Our latest purchase is perfectly positioned on the western side of Crosby Hill Rd to assist to protect and connect the nearby habitat of several council bushland reserves located on the southern escarpment of Buderim.”
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the more council explored the new property, the more exciting the purchase became with hidden gems continuing to be revealed amongst its dense foliage.
“We have already identified numerous important and vulnerable plant and wildlife species on this site and our council officers are excited to undertake further assessments to find out what else is sheltered in this fully vegetated, diverse eucalypt and rainforest habitat,” Cr McKay said.
“Amongst the tall habitat trees, we have discovered some of the largest grey gum (Eucalyptus propinqua) and pink bloodwood (Corymbia intermedia) trees on the Sunshine Coast.
“These old weathered trees are a valuable asset for wildlife because the hollows provide essential habitat for tree dwelling animals including koalas, sugar gliders, small bats, owls, cockatoos and other birds. This is why these habitat trees are called “wildlife hotels”, and are critical to the survival of many Australian animals.
“The vegetation communities found on this site are considered conservation priorities for the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area, due to some being listed as 'of concern' through state government mapping and all of them being underrepresented on the Sunshine Coast through current protection measures.
“The majority of the reserve is mapped as medium value koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) habitat area and is a significant corridor for koalas in this region.”
Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said he was very happy that this magnificent bit of bushland had been retained.
“This site has been owned for the past 100 years by an early pioneering logging and farming family,” Cr Hungerford said.
“It is likely many of the tall old habitat trees were not logged over the years as they contained hollows, and now this reserve will be protected and enhanced thanks to council’s Environment Levy Land Acquisition Program.
“Future strategic planning will be undertaken to determine the site’s management requirements and its suitability to support compatible uses.”
Some of the state and commonwealth listed species which have been identified thus far at new reserve include:
- Richmond birdwing butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondia) vulnerable
- Richmond birdwing butterfly vine (Pararistolochia praevenosa) near threatened
- Powerful owl (Ninox strenua) vulnerable
- Slender Milk-vine (Marsdenia coronata) vulnerable
- Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) vulnerable
- Toothed Kamala (Mallotus megadontus) vulnerable