114 hectare environmental reserve plan open for feedback
  • Tuesday 09 February 2016

Residents are invited to have their say on the draft management plan for the Racemosa environmental reserve that will help protect and enhance its rich diversity of native fauna and flora, including a number of threatened and significant species.

Infrastructure Services Executive Director Andrew Ryan said the Racemosa environmental reserve contributed 113.74 hectares of land to the region’s 3000 hectare conservation estate under the Environment Levy Acquisition Program.

“Council purchased the Racemosa site in December 2011 to help protect and enhance the wetlands and scribbly gum forest it contains which represents one of the most extensively cleared vegetation communities on the Coast,” Mr Ryan said.

“The draft Racemosa Environmental Reserve management plan has been prepared based on flora and fauna surveys conducted at this site and includes an assessment of its land-use history, current habitat condition, and any future opportunities for conservation and recreation.

“While council reviews its management practices on an annual basis, the plan is formally subject to a 10-year review to gauge the success of long-term environmental management initiatives.”

The draft Racemosa Environmental Reserve Management Plan was released for public comment earlier this month and the closing time for feedback has been extended until 4pm Friday, February 26, 2016. Copies of the draft plan are available for viewing at Beerwah, Caloundra, Maleny and Nambour libraries and council administration centres.

Send your written submission to Sunshine Coast Council, Locked Bag 72, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre QLD 4560, or email naturalareas@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Mr Ryan said council was committed to buying, protecting and enhancing environmentally significant land.

“Located around a kilometre southeast of the Landsborough village within the Pumicestone Passage catchment, 73% of the Racemosa environmental reserve is made up of endangered eucalypt vegetation, among the most poorly conserved regional ecosystems on the Coast,” he said.

“Fauna and flora surveys have also identified at least 179 native plant and 84 native fauna species, including one plant species listed as endangered and two 'acid frogs' listed as vulnerable under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

“The occurrence of migratory birds indicates that the site also serves as an important refuge.

“Its location in the landscape also provides an important link between larger tracts of continuous vegetation occurring to the south, north and north-west.

“With a number of immediate works already undertaken to protect the reserve’s inherent biodiversity values and ecological resilience, the management plan is the final phase in the planning and establishment of the Racemosa Environmental Reserve.

“Future management of this reserve is intended to further protect and restore the site’s intrinsic biodiversity values as well as to create, consolidate and protect connectivity values to link the surrounding conservation estate; and to facilitate nature-based recreation and education.”

For further information about council’s Environment Levy Acquisition Program, including council’s two most recent environmental investments at Bald Knob and Maleny, visit council’s website.