Lantana – manage it carefully – a lot of wildlife use it as habitat

We all recognise the massive negative impact Lantana continues to have on native flora and fauna. But there are many things to consider when managing this invasive weed, including the important habitat it provides some Australian fauna.

While Lantana threatens some 158 native animal species, it benefits another 142 native animal species. These species use the weed as habitat when relevant native flora is absent.

The types of animal species that benefit from Lantana include: mammals (27), birds (90), reptiles (12), amphibians (3) and invertebrates (10).

Rough-scaled Snake in Guanaba

Rough-scaled Snake

Some of the specific animals are: Eastern Spinebills, Fairy-wrens (Variegated, Red-backed and Superb), Rough-scaled snakes and Bandicoots.

Because of the variety and number of Australian fauna making significant use of Lantana as habitat, projects aiming to restore heavily affected areas need to do so carefully and gradually. This helps minimise impact on dependant fauna and ensures they have continued support while the change takes place.

Native plants that can replace Lantana camara
A few plants native to Tamborine Mountain will help replace the structure and function of Lantana, including:

1. Native Mulberry (or White Nettle) (Pipturus argenteus)
2. Rose-leaved Bramble (Rubus rosifolius)
3. Pink-flower Native Raspberry (Rubus parvifolius)
4. Barbwire Vine (Smilax australis).

For more information:

Tamborine Mountain Landcare
Recognising the unique beauty of Tamborine Mountain. Their mission is to protect the Mountain’s natural heritage by maintaining and enhancing the environment and its biodiversity.

Variegated Fairy-wren

Variegated Fairy-wren

All about Tamborine Mountain Landcare
The Piccabeen Bookshop – Find some great resources, including the book “Tamborine Mountain Flora and Fauna”.

Wilsons Creek Huonbrook Landcare
A group of landholders who have made a commitment to repairing and enhancing the natural landscape in the Wilsons Creek, Huonbrook and Wanganui valleys within the Byron Bay Hinterland of northern NSW.

All about weeds in northern NSW (which also affects South East Queensland)

National Lantana Management Group
Weeds of National Significance (WoNS): A joint initiatives of the States, Territories and the Australian Government. The WoNS program has now become the responsibility of Australia’s States and Territories, who’ll manage the ongoing delivery of the Lantana Strategic Plan 2012-2017.

National Lantana Management Group website
The Lantana profile (PDF)

Office of Environment & Heritage NSW
Fact sheets on Lantana, managing the impact of Lantana, the Lantana key threatening process and more.

Lantana information section on the website of Environment & Heritage NSW

Find out about this out-of-place development

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Guanaba developer wants to increase noise pollution levels

The Guanaba Experience developer now seeks to negotiate two “conditions” Council imposed on the entertainment park; the negotiations centering on noise pollution and staff levels.

About noise and the development

Residents, Council and individual Councillors emphasised noise as one of the main concerns about the development.

We firmly believe the noise impact caused by the Guanaba Experience development is inappropriate for the Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Protection Precinct. Nevertheless, Council’s approval of the development in June this year allowed for additional noise over and above the current noise levels experienced in the area.

The developer’s negotiating with Council to allow for significantly higher levels of noise pollution from the Guanaba Experience entertainment park.

The technical details: Council stated noise could be 5dB above LA90 from 7am to 10pm and 3dB above LA90 from 10pm to 7am. Council specified these noise levels would be “acceptable” at “sensitive places” – meaning people living nearby.

The developer’s requested Council change its condition to suit the levels of noise pollution argued for in the acoustic report for the entertainment park development application.

Given the Council justified its approval of the Guanaba Experience development on the basis of using “conditions” to mitigate impacts, we expect Council to stick with its original position on noise impacts, rather than change to meet the developer’s request.

Noise and its effect on wildlifeFemale Red Necked Wallaby Guanaba

Since the 1970s, scientists have been discovering that human-generated noise pollution can have a significant impact on fauna, including:

1. Masking important environmental cues for communication and orientation.
2. Causing physiological changes, such as increased heart rate and stress.
3. Forcing abandonment of territories.
4. Altering and even halting reproduction.

It’s important to note the effects of noise pollution from the entertainment park on the ecological functioning of the 500 acres and surrounding area doesn’t seem to have been assessed at all.

Negotiating staffing levels

Council capped staff on site at 30 at any one time. The developer has asked for this cap to be removed.