Doonan Creek Environment Reserve Landscape Plan
  • Last updated:
  • 09 Jun 2020

Doonan Creek Environment Reserve is 334 hectares of diverse habitat. This habitat contains coastal heath, scribbly gum forest and melaleuca wetlands. Council acquired the majority of the reserve in 2013 through the Environment Levy Land Acquisition Program. The aim is to protect the site’s biodiversity and support a critical link in Commonwealth mapped Maroochy – Noosa Wallum Corridor. 

The reserve is home to endangered plants and animals, including several international and Australian migratory birds that depend on this reserve throughout the year. Council is undertaking a wetland restoration project within the reserve to restore habitat in previously degraded areas. 

The reserve is culturally significant to the Kabi Kabi first nation’s people, and is categorised as a ‘bushland’ environment reserve. The intent is to protect the ecological and cultural values whilst allowing opportunities for public access in line with the significance of the reserve. 

Doonan Creek Environment Reserve Landscape Plan

Doonan Creek Environment Reserve Landscape Plan presents the vision for public access and how this will be managed. The landscape plan vision is 'to restore an ecologically diverse environment to protect biodiversity and facilitate tranquil recreation and user appreciation of this ecologically and culturally important environment.'

Outcomes for the landscape plan are planned to be delivered in stages over a number of years. The project is subject to detailed design plans and available funding.

Council has based the development of the Landscape Plan on several environmental assessments and extensive community consultation. The consultation involved:

  • local residents
  • a wide range of community groups
  • environmental groups
  • representatives from Kabi Kabi first nation’s people. 

View the Doonan Creek Environment Reserve Landscape Plan[9702KB][9702KB]

Landscape plan values 

The following values will guide the development of the reserve into the future. 

  • A place of tranquillity 
  • A place of observation and education 
  • A place that provides a deepened connection with nature
  • An ecologically restored, resilient and connected landscape
  • The preservation of diverse ecology
  • A place of passive recreation 

Project timeline 

  • Land Acquisition 
    Aug 2013 
  • Environmental Assessments 
    2014-2017 
  • Community Engagement 1 ‘Public Involvement Plan’ 
    2015 
  • Environmental Management Plan 
    2017 
  • Community Engagement 2 ‘Landscape Plan Presentation’ 
    Feb 2018 
  • Finalisation of the Landscape Plan 
    Mar 2019 
  • Implementation of the Landscape Plan: Stage 1 Car Park 
    May 2020 (Current) 

Project scope: Stage 1 Car Park 

Stage 1 of the landscape plan is the construction of a gravel car park next to the existing cleared entrance off Doonan Bridge Road.  

The car park has been designed for 75 vehicles.This allows for current and future capacity including buses and overflow parking on event days, (National Tree Day, Doonan Open Data Expo, etc).  The existing main entrance will be for service vehicles only. The public entrance will be relocated to the intersection at Dahlia road. This new entrance was in response to community feedback. It provides greater safety and added privacy for local residents.   

Providing a car park at the reserve is the first step in giving public access into the reserve.  

Start of construction: Monday 11th May  
Completion: Weather and COVID-19 permitting – completed by 5 June 2020.

View the Car Park Plan[304KB][303KB]

Where to from here? 

Council will start landscaping the car park in July 2020. The car park will be ready for any programmed council events from August, pending COVID-19 restrictions. 

The reserve is not currently open to the general public. It is still under lease, due to expire in July 2021. But there are annual open days where we allow public access to programmed events under council supervision. 

Keep an eye on this page for updates on the progress of the landscape plan, programmed events and open days for the reserve. 

More information 

Doonan Creek Environment Reserve Management Plan[13688KB][13688KB] 

Sunshine Coast Council - Environment Levy 

Doonan Creek Environment Reserve Landscape Plan[9702KB][9702KB]

Contacts

For more information, contact council via email to naturalareas@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au. Or call council's Natural Area’s Officer on (07) 5475 7272.