Environment Levy building resilient landscapes
  • Last updated:
  • 18 Feb 2019

Leaping into 2014 with its green boots firmly on, council has purchased two more environment levy funded properties that are now protected for future generations. The two properties in Cambroon and Ilkley cost almost $1.2 million and will add 87 hectares to the region’s conservation corridor network.

Both properties have exciting and unique attributes including rare and threatened species, endangered rainforests, waterways and vegetation. Sightings of Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus ) have already been reported at both reserves and the Cambroon site has the only known sighting of the Rufous rat-kangaroo (Aepyprymnus rufescens) on the Sunshine Coast.

Work is now underway on preparing tailored management plans for both properties to ensure the best possible environmental outcomes.

The 27 hectare Cambroon site, ‘Tuan Environmental Reserve’, is adjacent to the Maleny National Park and forms part of the largest core habitat in the region. The reserve provides habitat for threatened animals like the black breasted button quail (Turnix melanogaster), the glossy black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) and other common mammals such as the squirrel glider. The Commonwealth Government recognises the rainforest vegetation on this reserve as being a critically endangered ‘Lowland Rainforest of Subtropical Australia’.

In Ilkley, the newly acquired ‘Tall Gums Environmental Reserve’ borders the existing Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens and the Tall Gum Nature Refuge, expanding the collective reserve to 170 hectares.

This reserve network forms part of a regional corridor stretching from the coast to the range — which is crucial for wildlife movement and contains the headwaters of Mountain Creek.

These two purchases bring the total to four environmentally significant properties acquired this financial year, with council spending $5.79M.  This brings the total land purchased for conservation by council to 2760 hectares since the early 90’s. 

The purchases demonstrate how vital the Environment Levy is in preserving the Coast’s native plants and animals.

You can subscribe to council’s Environment Levy E-newsletter to receive regular news about results for the environment being achieved through the Environment Levy. 

For more information about the properties and the Environment Levy Acquisition Program visit council’s website.

Article by Amanda Wheatley
Biodiversity Project Officer Sunshine Coast Council
Photograph courtesy of Ken Stepnell, NSW National Parks