Noisy Friarbird – Guanaba’s halloween honeyeater

They’re like something from the Dark Crystal. Guanaba’s Noisy Friarbird – a type of honeyeater – loves eucalyptus flower nectar and all manner of insects.

They’re sometimes referred to as as a “leatherhead”, because of their bare black head, which is juxtaposed with grey / white ruffled feathers on their body. They have a long, strong bill with which to harvest nectar.

Noisy Friarbird

This lovely bird is called “Noisy” because it creates a lot a noise as it flocks with others of its kind in the upper canopy of trees. It doesn’t hide from view as it gathers nectar and socialises with its mates.

Where to find the Noisy Friarbird

1. Eastern and south-eastern Australia.

2. North-eastern Queensland to north-eastern Victoria.

3. Southern New Guinea.

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The rare frogs of Guanaba

Tamborine Mountain’s Guanaba area is home to an amazing array of frogs. Some species are under threat and all species are in need of protection from out-of-place developments.

Often, frogs can be forgotten about in the discussion on species protection. Most people don’t realise that the beautiful cacophony of noise in the evening and into the night (or symphony depending on your point of view) is the sound of any number of frog species playing a vital role in our local ecology.

If frogs were to disappear, the silence would be overwhelming.

Pearson's Treefrog

Pearson’s Treefrog

Frogs needing protection

The 500 acres in Guanaba, under threat from an out-of-place development, is home to an array of frog species, 3 of which are recognised under the Queensland Government’s Nature Conservation Act (NCA) as endangered, threatened or vulnerable.

The same species are also recognised on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The species under threat from the development are:

Eastern Dwarf Treefrog

Eastern Dwarf Treefrog

1. Tusked Frog (Adelotus brevis): Vulnerable under the NCA. Near threatened under the IUCN Red List. Likes vegetation in rainforest waterways and wet sclerophyll areas. Population = decreasing.

2. Pearson’s Green Treefrog (Litoria pearsoniana): Endangered under the NCA. Near threatened on the IUCN Red List. Also known as the Cascade Treefrog. Likes rainforest gullies and creeks / streams. Population = decreasing.

3. Whirring Treefrog (Litoria revelata): Near-threatened under NCA. Likes waterways in sclerophyll forest and coastal swamps.

Other frogs in Tamborine Mountain’s Guanaba area

Dainty Treefrog

Dainty Treefrog

There are many other frogs in the 500 acres at risk. Here are a few the community in the area have spotted …

Dainty Treefrog (Lotoria gracilenta): Beautiful green tree frog with yellow accents.

Eastern Dwarf Treefrog (Litoria fallax): Darker green body with white belly.

Green Treefrog (Litoria caerulea): Needs no introduction.

The frogs of Guanaba are just one of the many reasons for protecting and preserving this special place on Tamborine Mountain for now and into the future. Otherwise, we’ll be left with a world of deafening silence.

Find out more information about species listed on the NCA

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95% reject theme park on Tamborine Mountain

Around 800 Tamborine Mountain residents put submissions to Council on the proposed Guanaba theme park development. And 95% objected.

Of the submissions sent to the Scenic Rim Regional Council,  the objections outnumbered the support. A boon, as many Mountain residents caught wind of the proposed development only a week before the submission period closed.

An anti-planning scheme development

The development application made to Council seeks to develop the 500 acre Guanaba property, within the escarpment protection precinct (the focus of this website), into a tourism and entertainment business with 4WDs, restaurant, shop, mountain bike riding – including nighttime riding – zip lines, suspension bridges, tour buses and more right next to people’s homes.

It’s a development not suited to the rural and residential culture of the area.

It’s a development completely at odds with the planning scheme. The 500 acres is within the escarpment protection precinct, which means it’s suitable only for certain types of small-scale rural / residential developments – not theme parks.

Out-of-place developments next to people’s homes?

No-one wants 50,000 tourists a year coming down their quiet residential street. The current planning scheme protects residents from this happening. And Tamborine Mountain residents made their homes trusting they’d be protected by this planning scheme. That’s not too much to ask, surely?

Residents around the Scenic Rim need to stand up and help fight against out-of-place developments. This is not just a Tamborine Mountain issue. If the proposed development on the Mountain goes ahead – right next to people’s homes – then who knows what could happen next door to you.

There are many more reasons why residents are fighting the proposed development.

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Find out about the need to protect the 500 acres for its precious flora and fauna

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Guanaba Experience entertainment park – next door to people’s homes

Entertainment parks aren’t normally built right next to people’s homes. So why should this entertainment park be allowed to do just that, despite the guidelines under the Planning Scheme making this type of development out of place for the area?

The Guanaba Experience development application proposes to develop an entertainment park next door to where people live.

The residents of the area live there based on an understanding the area in question: 196/98-196 Guanaba Road, Tamborine Mountain, would be protected under the Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Protection Precinct within the Tamborine Mountain Zone.

The guidelines under the Planning Scheme were a guarantee that any development on the property would fit within the area’s quiet, rural culture.

Residents didn’t bank on a development application that contradicts the guidelines and proposes to introduce a business completely at odds with the reasons people came to live in such an out-of-the-way, peaceful rural setting.

The Guanaba Experience entertainment park puts zip lines (flying foxes), camp sites, rope climbs, a restaurant, a bike shop, toilet facilities, mountain bike training and more on the doorstep of the area’s residents.

This is not generally what entertainment parks do; other entertainment parks have set up in remote areas, where residents aren’t impacted by the noise and traffic associated these businesses.

Guanaba Experience satellite image

Guanaba Experience with zip lines, camp sites and more next to people’s homes.

 

 

 

 

 

Scenic Rim Adventure Park

Scenic Rim

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some examples of adventure parks away from people’s homes  …

Hollybank Treetops Adventure

Hollybank

1. Scenic Rim Adventure Park: Off the beaten track in Queensland. Offers extreme downhill mountain biking, campsites and will soon have zip lines, abseiling and a rope course.

2.. Hollybank Treetop Adventure: Zip lines in Tasmania away from residents.

3. Treetop Adventure Park: Zip lines on the NSW Central Coast with one or two rural residences.

4. Otway Fly Treetop Adventures: Zip lines in NSW in a remote location.

5. Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours: Zip lines in Queensland.

6. Jubes Mountain Bike Park: Mountain bike trails in NSW.

Jubes Mountain Bike Park NSW

Jubes

7. Eagle Mountain Bike Park: Mountain bike trails in SA.

8. Emu Creek Eco Retreat: $5 entry for downhill and trail mountain bikes, camping and 4WDs in NSW.

9. The list goes on …

All of the above parks have only one or two entertainment offerings. Guanaba Experience puts many more offerings together, creating a collection of noises.

So why should Guanaba Experience be allowed to go against current Tamborine Mountain zoning and develop a business outside community expectations and negatively impacting on residents in the area?

Treetop Adventure Park satellite image showing no houses nearby

Treetop

Why should it be entitled to change people’s lifestyles (people who thought themselves protected by the current Planning Scheme) while providing no rationale for why the current zoning should be changed?

Info on the Tamborine Mountain zoning code (PDF, 1.1mb)

See the environmental concerns with such a park: Precious Guanaba flora and fauna

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Guanaba has valuable koala habitat

Guanaba has valuable bushland for koala habitat (under Qld’s koala conservation policy). To ensure the protection of koalas in Guanaba and guarantee an increase in their population, this bushland must be protected.

Koala roosting in a treePeople living next to Guanaba have seen more koalas in and around the area over the past decade, with some residents going from no sightings 10 years ago to regular weekly / bi-weekly sightings of koalas (some with young joeys) in the last 2 years.

The following map was requested from:
Qld’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

The big red line in the centre shows the Guanaba area:
196/98-196 Guanaba Road, Tamborine Mountain

Green = valuable koala habitat.

Koala habitat map for Guanaba

Map showing significant habitat in Guanaba for koalas.

Precious Guanaba flora and fauna

Guanaba is home to a range of endangered, threatened and vulnerable species. Out-of-place developments will put their lives at serious risk.

An array of pristine forest in Guanaba

Koala waking in a treeThe property: 98-196 Guanaba Road on Tamborine Mountain has a vast array of pristine forest – from eucalyptus to rain forest. Flora changes dramatically when travelling from the front of the property to its centre and beyond.

This amazing area sees a range of fauna move through it; animals enjoying a variety of offerings created by the vegetation.

What type of flora and fauna is in Guanaba?Alberts Lyrebird in Guanaba

When talking flora and fauna, where not just talking flooded gums and bush turkeys (lovely as they are). We’re talking plants and animals that appear on international, national and state endangered, threatened and vulnerable species lists.

The flora and fauna of Guanaba include:

1. Spotted-tailed quoll – endangered * (Also IUCN Red Listed)
2. Albert’s Lyrebird – near threatened ** (Also IUCN Red Listed)
3. Black-breasted Button-quail – vulnerable(Also IUCN Red Listed)
4. Three-toed Snake-tooth Skink – vulnerable * (Also IUCN Red Listed)
5. Whirring Treefrog – near-threatened **
6. Koala – vulnerable *
4. Pearson’s green tree frog – endangered ** (Also IUCN Red Listed)
4. Tusked Frog – vulnerable ** (Also IUCN Red Listed)
4. Richmond Birdwing Butterfly – vulnerable **
5. Wild apple – endangered *
6. Floyd’s walnut – endangered *

Residents in the Guanaba area have seen the koala population start to thrive (it’s a government-recognised koala habitat). They’ve spotted the Pearson’s Green Treefrog and the Albert’s Lyrebird.

Protecting at-risk flora and fauna from harm

Pearson's Tree FrogThese plants and animals exist in the area of a proposed and out-of-place development for an adventure business; a business which will introduce a range of human traffic that it’s never before seen, traffic which will lead to the displacement of flora and fauna.

Our flora and fauna are precious to our environmental heritage. We have a responsibility to ensure they are protected; this will enable them to thrive.

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Footnote:

* The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
** Queensland. Nature Conservation Act 1992 (PDF, 915kb)
IUCN Red List = International Union for Conservation of Nature’s RED LIST

Our shy little Albert’s Lyrebird

Albert’s Lyrebird is a shy and timid bird and has been spotted in and around the Guanaba area for years.

They are a ground-dwelling bird, living in the rain forests of NSW and South East Queensland.

They are pheasant-sized – around 75cm long for a female and 90cm long for a male.

The Albert’s Lyrebird, similar to the superb lyrebird, can mimic other animals (sometimes, you think you’re hearing a whipbird, but you’re actually listening to the Alberts’s Lyrebird).

Albert’s Lyrebird & Guanaba

People in and around the Guanaba area have undertaken surveys to record Albert’s Lyrebird numbers (and have fallen in love with this delicate little bird along the way).

The Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association (an enthusiastic and passionate group of bird watchers and bushwalkers) conduct a survey of the Albert’s Lyrebird every year, and have recorded 4 to 6 active males in the Guanaba area.

Alberts Lyrebird in Guanaba

Protection & preservation of the Albert’s Lyrebird

The Albert’s Lyrebird is listed as a rare species in Queensland (under the Nature Conservation Act 1992).

There aren’t many left in the wild.

It’s vital to protect this precious little animal from human interference. Human traffic in their area (foot, bike and vehicle) can greatly upset their nesting habits and put them in danger.

They must be given the best chance of survival through protection of habitat and ensuring less, not more, contact with humans. That’s our responsibility to uphold.

Want more information about the Albert’s Lyrebird? See the Australian Government’s Department of Environment website.

David and Goliath battle over Mountain’s green heart

Tamborine Mountain residents took to the streets last week, fighting against a proposed development to turn one of the Mountain’s significant forest areas into a mountain bike, zip line and suspension bridge business.

While the developer ran a sophisticated web campaign to drum up out-of-town interest, Mountain residents printed flyers and went door to door to spread the message about the development. Residents were shocked and alarmed to find out the extent of the developer’s plans, which would put at risk 500 acres of the Mountain’s eastern escarpment protection precinct. Shock turned to action, with residents submitting to Council their objections to the development and challenging the support out-of-towners gave via the developer’s website.

Within this green heart of the Mountain exists an incredible range of endangered, threatened and vulnerable flora and fauna of national significance. From Albert’s Lyrebird to the koala and from the Spotted-tail Quoll to the Black-breasted Button-quail.

This place – the majority is heavily forested with a range of flora important to South-East Queensland – is worth protecting from the development, which will dramatically increase traffic on the property from few to many (4WD tracks were only ever used for fire risk management purposes). The carving up and use of land for human, bike and 4WD traffic will force native animals from their homes and damage a wildlife corridor that, for so long, has been protected from human intervention.

Many Mountain residents believe in protecting and preserving this space for now and for the future. That’s why we object to the proposed development and will continue to fight for the at-risk flora and fauna.

For more information, go to the Scenic Rim Regional Council website’s development applications, click “I agree” then “Application enquiry” and search for: MCBd14/053.

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