Flora and fauna protected by council purchase
  • Friday 05 February 2016
A number of endangered and significant flora and fauna species contained within 80 hectares on two hinterland properties will now be protected and enhanced thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s Environment Levy Land Acquisition Program.

Mayor Mark Jamieson today announced council had acquired two new properties – MacDonalds Road, Bald Knob and Burgess Avenue, Maleny.

“We now have almost 3000 hectares of environmentally significant land that has been purchased for conservation through the Environment Levy since it was introduced in the early 1990s,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Around 20 percent (474 hectares) of that has been acquired in the last four years.

“Through the Environment Levy, council aims to maintain, and where possible improve, the biodiversity of our region.  Protecting environmentally significant land and improving connectivity between habitat areas are part of that aim.

“Both of these strategic investments adjoin council protected reserves which gives us important buffering and expansion opportunities.

“By acquiring these properties, we can also build greater landscape connectivity to nearby vegetation.

“We have already identified numerous important and vulnerable plant and wildlife species on the newly acquired sites and our council officers are excited to undertake flora and fauna assessments to build our knowledge of how to best preserve and protect what we have here for future generations.

“That is what these purchases are all about – protecting our environment for our children, our grandchildren.”

Environment Portfolio and Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said the $970,000 acquisition of the 13.4 hectare Maleny site was a real coup for many reasons.

“Located on the north-western boundary of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (MCSR), the Maleny property purchase will assist to protect and expand the existing habitat of the much loved reserve, which attracts in excess of 200,000 visitors a year,” Cr McKay said.

“The new environment site will also ensure a number of habitat trees and patches of remnant vegetation are safeguarded through future rehabilitation and offsetting activities.

“There will also be opportunities to facilitate a range of complementary social and economic outcomes resulting from the investment.

“Future strategic planning will be undertaken to determine the compatible future uses for the site and associated management requirements.”

Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said the $525,000 acquisition of the 63.5 hectare Bald Knob site would expand the London Creek Environmental Reserve to 204 hectares.

“The new Bald Knob site is partly located in the London Creek sub-catchment which is considered one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the Upper Stanley River catchment area,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Council is looking forward to working with the community to find out what plants and animal species are being sheltered in this significant remnant patch of bush which is fully vegetated, contains headwater creek systems and retains areas of mature eucalypt and rainforest communities that are a priority for conservation.

“This acquisition ensures council is able to provide 'intact natural environment' study experiences for generations to come.  It also protects sufficient habitat to maintain breeding populations of native wildlife in the London Creek reserve system such as the koala and at least three different types of gliders known to live in the area.

“The investment will also assist to protect water quality of London Creek that supports endangered and significant species including the giant barred frog and the large spiney crayfish.”


Properties purchased since 2012

Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve
Doonan Bridge Road, Verrierdale
252 hectares
Purchased August 2013
Maroochy River Catchment

Mount Ninderry Environmental Reserve
Mountain View Court, Ninderry
60 hectares
Purchased August 2013
Maroochy River Catchment

Tuan Environmental Reserve

Chinaman Creek Road, Cambroon
27.3 hectares
Purchased September 2013
Mary River Catchment

Tall Gums Environmental Reserve
Wilsons Road, Ilkley
59.5 hectares
Purchased November 2013
Mooloolah River Catchment

183 MacDonalds Road, Bald Knob
63.5 hectares
Purchased January 2016
Stanley River Catchment

71 Burgess Avenue, Maleny
13.4 hectares
Purchased January 2016
Mary River Catchment