Gardening for little birds: Our forest warriors

It’s time to start putting back the flora we’ve taken away and try to bring back little birds to our gardens and grow their numbers in forests. Why?

From little honeyeaters pollinating eucalypts, to tiny fairy-wrens protecting against an overrun of leaf-devouring insects, little birds play a big role in our forests as they help maintain an effective and well-working ecosystem.

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) Tamborine Mountain - Guanaba

Silvereye

Creating gardens for little birds

So, how can we ensure little birds have places to go for safety, security, for breeding and to raise their young – away from the bigger birds and other unwelcome threats?

It’s all about Australian native plant layers. Start with an inner circle of bushy, shrubby plants (up to 2.5m tall). Then surround this circle with some spiky plants to keep predators out. Follow this with some lovely native grasses, small shrubs and ground covers for ultimate protection. This combination is especially good for Fairywrens.

Be careful not to use plants that attract large, aggressive Honeyeaters (such as the Noisy Miner), which can push little birds out.

And, of course, maintain the wonderful small bird habitats that already exist in forest habitats.

What kinds of plants help little birds?

White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) Tamborine Mountain - Guanaba

Scrubwren

–  For scrubwrens, thornbills and fairy-wrens: Prickly, dense shrubs – hakea, acacia, sweet bursaria, burgan, leptospermum.

–  For robins, wrens and treecreepers who like insects: acacia, bursaria, correa, hardenbergia, melaleuca.

Find out more: Attracting birds to your garden (PDF): BirdLife Australia

Fight Lantana slowly

Fighting Lantana and other weeds must be done slowly and with the greatest of care, as many local little birds are most likely using the weeds as habitat and may be nesting.

Cleared weeds must then be replaced with plant species native to the area as soon as possible so as not to displace the little birds.

Find out more about managing Lantana: Including great native plant replacements for Lantana.

Some other don’ts that will help little birds

Red-backed fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus) Tamborine Mountain - Guanaba

Red-backed fairy-wren

Don’t be too enthusiastic about clearing undergrowth. Mess to you is habitat for little birds.
Don’t be too tidy. Little birds love wild gardens.
Don’t prune lower branches of trees and shrubs – little birds use these branches for protection against predators.
Don’t prune in fairy-wren nesting season (between July and March and September to December).
Don’t use pesticides – poison can build up in the bodies of little insectivores as they eat poisoned insects. (Little birds are great insectivores and control overrun anyway, so put that spray gun away.)

The list is from Landscape & Gardening to Attract Superb Fairy-wrens (PDF): The Glebe Society

The Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Protection Precinct is a wonderful place for little birds, from the Red-backed Fairy-wren to the Eastern Spinebill. They are an essential part of our landscape; one we need to maintain in perpetuity.

Find out about our wonderful bird population:

Noisy Friarbirds
Pheasant Coucals: Whoop Whoop birds
Magical birds of the Escarpment

The Escarpment Protection Precinct

Why bother protecting the Escarpment Protection Precinct?

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Frogmouths of the Marbled kind in Tamborine Mountain’s Escarpment

A beautiful rainforest bird, the Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus plumiferus), is just one of the many incredible birds to make The Forest of the Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Protection Precinct their home.

The difference between Marbled Frogmouths & Tawny Frogmouths

Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus plumiferus) in Guanaba Forest

Marbled Frogmouth

Marbled Frogmouths are very much like their Tawny counterparts (Podargus strigoides), but with some clear distinctions, including:

1. having longer tails that taper rather than flatten

2. darker yellow or orange eyes rather than yellow eyes

3. blotching underparts rather than subtle streaking

4. barred bristles appearing at the top of the beak giving them their alternative name – Plumed Frogmouths (Tawny bristles are unbarred).

But, of course, as with all Frogmouths, they freeze and become completely motionless when spotted. They do this in a bid to camouflage themselves against potential threats.

Where to find Marbled Frogmouths

Tawny Frogmouths (Podargus strigoides)

Tawny Frogmouths

Marbled Frogmouths reside in tropical and sub-tropical rainforest and montane forests.

In Australia, Marbled Frogmouths are found in North Queensland (Cape York) and from Gladstone down to the NSW border. In particular, they’re known to reside along the Canondale Ranges within Queensland’s Sunshine Coast region.

They’re also found in the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Species status of Marbled Frogmouths

Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus plumiferus) looking directly at the photographer

Marbled Frogmouth

Marbled Frogmouths are listed as “vulnerable” under Queensland’s Nature Conservation Act 1992, with the IUCN Red List recording a decline in species numbers.

Populations of Marbled Frogmouths are currently under threat by a range of human activities, including land clearing, timber harvesting and inappropriate fire regimes.

The species have a distinct need for un-logged, remnant forests for their continued survival; a vital reason to protect The Forest against inappropriate development.

More information

Sunshine Coast Council: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve: Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus plumiferus)

Sunshine Coast Birds: Marbled Frogmouth & Tawny Frogmouth

Birds in Backyards: Tawny Frogmouth

IUCN Red List: Search for at-risk species around the world

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Many amazing orchids of the Tamborine Mountain Escarpment

The Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Protection Precinct is not just home to an incredible array of fauna needing protection; it’s also home to an amazing variety of flora, including precious orchids.

The Forest is rich with an amazing array of epiphytic, lithophytic and terrestrial orchids. Some orchid species would have evolved to survive in the area’s unique habitats contained within gullies, on cliff faces and throughout other natural and distinct land formations.

Spotted Hyacinth Orchid

Spotted Hyacinth Orchid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The orchids in The Forest, along with a range of the other plant species, have remained mostly intact due to the area having been largely untouched by humans.

Guanaba Experience threatens their future by subjecting sensitive biodiverse areas to 50,000+ tourists per year. Orchids, which are very susceptible to subtle changes in their environment, will be exposed to additional light and soil run-off caused by vegetation clearing for tracks, trails and buildings and disturbance caused by high volumes of human activity.

Tetrabaculum Tetragonum Orchid

Tetrabaculum Tetragonum Orchid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing orchids of Tamborine Mountain, many of which exist in The Forest:

ORCHIDS MAPPED TO THE FOREST WITH FEDERAL EPBC STATUS

Vulnerable – Bulbophyllum globuliforme (Hoop Pine Orchid)
Vulnerable – Cryptostylis hunteriana (Leafless Tongue-orchid)
Endangered – Phaius australis (Lesser Swamp-orchid)
Vulnerable – Sarcochilus hartmannii (Blue Knob Orchid)

EPIPHYTIC & LITHOPHYTIC (growing on. trees, rocks, etc.)

Bulbophyllum aurantiacum
B. crassulifolium (Wheat leafed bulbophyllum)
B. exiguum
Cymbidium madidum
C. suave
Dendrobium aemulum (Box orchid)
D. beckleri (Pencil orchid)
D. delicatum
D. gracilicaule
D. gracillimum
D. kingianum
D. linguiforme (Tongue orchid)
D. monophyllum (Lily of the valley orchid)
D. mortii
D. pugioniforme (Dagger orchid)
D. speciosum var. hilli
D. teretifolium (Bridal veil or pencil orchid)
Sarcochilus ceciliae var. albus (Fairy Bells)
S. falcatus (Orange blossom orchids)
S. fitzgeraldii (Ravine orchid)
S. hartmanii
S. ohivaceus.

TERRESTRIAL (growing in the ground)

Caladenia carnea (Pink fingers)
C. fitzgeraldii
C. patersonii (Common spider orchid)
Calanthe triplicata (Christmas orchid)
Caleana. grandflora
C. major (Flying duck or bee orchid)
Calochilus robertsonii (Bearded orchid)
Dipodium pulchellum
Diuris aurea (Double tail)
D. maculata (Spotted double-tail or leopard orchid)
D. pedunculata (Golden moth)
D. punctata
D. sulphurea
Erthrorchis cassythoides ((formerly Galeola c.) Climbing Orchid)
Geodorum neocaledonicum
Glossodia major (Wax-tip orchid)
Microtis parviflora (Slender onion orchid or babes in the wood)
Oberonia palmicola
Peristeranthus hillii
Plectorrhiza tridentata (Tangle orchid)
Prasophyllum archeri (Variable midge orchid)
Pseudovanilla foliata (formerly Galeola f.)
Pterostylis acurninata (Sharp greenhood)
P. baptistii (King greenhood)
P. concinna
P. curta
P. grandiflora (Superb or cobra greenhood)
P. longifolia
P. nutans (Nodding greenhood or Partos beak orchid)
P. obtusa
P. ophioglossa (Snakes tongue orchid)
P. reflexa (Horned orchid or dainty greenhood)
Rhinerrhiza divitzfloria
Thelymitra ixiodes (Spotted sun-orchid)

A point of interest

Renowned Australian poet Judith Wright, who was called “the conscience of the nation” for her commitment to Aboriginal Australian land rights and the nation’s natural environment, lived in a house on Tamborine Mountain called Calanthe.

The title came from the Calanthe Triplicata, a rare white orchid that flowers around December / January.

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Tropilis Radiata Orchid

Tropilis Radiata Orchid

Lamington Spiny Crayfish of the Tamborine Mountain Escarpment

What? Crayfish come in blue? Well, the Lamington Spiny Crayfish sure does, and many other colours as well, depending on which fresh water stream they’re found.

The beautiful colours of the Lamington Spiny Crayfish

Lamington Spiny Crayfish Springbrook

Lamington Spiny Crayfish Springbrook

The amazing colours of the Lamington Spiny Crayfish (Euastacus sulcatus) make them one of the most beautiful animals to grace the rainforest bordering Tamborine Mountain’s National Park and The Forest.

These Crayfish vary in colour depending on where they’re found. For example, in Springbrook and Tamborine, they’re a vibrant blue or bluish green and white. While in northern NSW, they’re red and white and the western Crayfish are green and brown.

Colours may even vary between Crayfish in nearby areas (eg. Springbrook and Tamborine), where extreme localisation of the animal (due to fragmented – landlocked – distribution) has led to distinctive species development.

Where are Lamington Spiny Crayfish found?

Lamington Spiny Crayfish are found in highland habitats with altitudes of more than 300 metres. They tend to reside in rainforests (and sometimes wet sclerophyll forests) that border fresh water streams.

They’re found from Tamborine Mountain to the Lamington Plateau and then west along the Macpherson Range in both Queensland and NSW.

Within Tamborine Mountain, they’re found, among other places, along Guanaba Creek bordering The Forest and the adjoining National Park and have possibly evolved to suit the local environment.

Lamington Spiny Crayfish Tamborine Mountain Guanaba Forest

Lamington Spiny Crayfish Tamborine Mountain

Are Lamington Spiny Crayfish aggressive?

The Lamington Spiny Crayfish can get a bit defensive. If cornered, they will wave their claws and start hissing at an approaching potential threat.

While generally not dangerous, they can deliver a painful pinch if picked up and handled.

The slow breeding cycle of the Lamington Spiny Crayfish

Lamington Spiny Crayfish can reach up to 13 centimetres, making them a very large Crayfish.

They’re a very slow growing animal, with females taking up to 5 years before they reach sexual maturity.

Slow breeding means they take time to rebuild populations reduced by threats.

Species status of the Lamington Spiny Crayfish

IUCN Red List: Vulnerable.

The IUCN Red List now recognises that some 80 per cent of the Euastacus group are threatened.

Threats to the Lamington Spiny Crayfish

Severely fragmented distribution of the Lamington Spiny Crayfish (eg. found in restricted areas within Springbrook and Tamborine Mountain) leads to their dramatic localisation. This means, exposure to the following factors may lead to a decline in their numbers and, perhaps, local extinctions of very distinct populations.

The following may contribute to falling numbers of Lamington Spiny Crayfish:

1. Impacts on property in which the Crayfish are isolated, such as bush fire, habitat destruction and exploitation by collectors.
2. Management practices and activities on private property at the top of catchments that negatively impact on habitat and water quality. Issues can arise from pesticides, pathogens, pollution, soil run-off, nutrient inundation and the presence of general rubbish.
3. Introduced species, such as trout, yabbies and cane toads.
4. Climate change causing continued temperature increases and drying out of land.

More information

The Atlas of Living Australia: Euastacus sulcatus

Queensland Museum: Lamington Spiny Crayfish

IUCN Red List: Euastacus sulcatus

The Conversation: Australian endangered species: Spiny Crayfish

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Scenic Rim Regional Council overturns its own conditions in favour of Guanaba developer

On 18 August 2015, the Scenic Rim Regional Council planning and development committee voted to change noise pollution and staffing conditions it originally imposed on the Guanaba Experience development.

The vote was 5 in favour and 2 against. Tamborine Mountain Councillors voted against overturning the conditions.

Noise pollution
Scenic Rim Regional Council substantially increased the levels of allowable noise pollution. It didn’t provide any reason for the change.

Council originally imposed noise conditions that allowed for a much smaller increase over the existing noise levels of the area.

As part of these conditions, 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.

But in August, Council changed these conditions, so now from 7am to 10pm, intermittent noise can be up to 52 dBA and steady noise can be up to 42 dBA. From 10pm to 7am, noise can be up to 29 dBA.

This change is significant and substantial and will impact seriously on the amenity of nearby residents and fauna in the forest.

Staff
Scenic Rim Regional Council removed its cap on staff numbers on the site. Council originally imposed a cap of 30 staff on site. It abandoned this cap based on the proposed use of mainly casual and part-time staff.

More information

Details of the negotiation + effects of noise on fauna

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Magnificent Glossy Black-Cockatoos of Tamborine Mountain

The Glossy Black-Cockatoo loves the She-oaks of The Forest in the Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Protection Precinct; a good thing considering they’re such picky eaters and prefer so few plants.

Physical features of the Glossy Black-CockatooGlossy Black-Cockatoo in Guanaba Forest

Glossies are the smallest of Australia’s five black-cockatoos and are often confused with the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (which has more white dots spread across their entire body).

Glossies have a splash of red on the underside of their tails. Adult females have some yellow splashes around their head and neck, while the red on the tails of the adult males tend to be a very bright red.

Threats to the Glossy Black-Cockatoo

Glossy Black-Cockatoos are heavily reliant on a diet of Allocasuarinas for their survival. This very specific requirement may have contributed to their dwindling numbers, as land developments and farming have led to a loss of Allocasuarina tree species. Additionally, land clearing and more frequent and intense fires have led to not only a loss of food, but also a loss of suitable nesting tree hollows. This has further placed Glossy numbers at risk.

Species status of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo

In Queensland, the Calyptorhynchus lathami lathami, which can be found in the south-east corner of the State, north and eastern NSW and a little in Victoria, is considered vulnerable under Queensland’s Nature Conservation Act (NCA). It’s also considered vulnerable in NSW and threatened in Victoria.

What Glossy Black-Cockatoos eat

As mentioned, Glossies have a very specific diet, with the Black She-oak (Allocasuarina littoralis) and the Forest She-oak (Allocasuarina torulosa) being their preferred food. They also have a tendency of returning to the same food tree time and again, ignoring trees of the same kind around them.

The Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Protection Precinct is home to both the Black and Forest She-oaks and supports a small population of Glossy Black Cockatoos (including the two pictured – a father and daughter).

How Glossy Black-Cockatoos live

Glossies are tree hollow dwellers, liking large trees with decently sized hollows for breeding and general habitat. They form monogamous pairs to breed every two years, laying a single egg that they incubate for up to 90 days.

The Glossy Black-Cockatoo count

In the October 2014, the Glossy Black Conservancy held its annual birding day to count Glossy numbers. Observers recorded 4 birds in the Scenic Rim. These results were markedly lower than those from the previous year, where observers recorded 55 birds. (Note: The drop in the number of recorded birds may be the result of a decline in spotters from 40 in 2013 to 8 in 2014.

The need to protect remnant forest to retain both food and shelter for Glossy Black-Cockatoos is essential for the survival of these beautiful birds. The Forest of the Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Protection Precinct is one such place able to sustain Glossies, which is one of the many reasons why we’re fighting for its protection against an out-of-place development.

More information:

Terrific online resource dedicated to Glossies: Glossy Black Conservancy

Seeking volunteers to monitor Glossy Black-Cockatoo numbers

Birds in Backyards: Glossy Black-Cockatoo

NSW Government Office of Environment & Heritage: Glossy black-cockatoo

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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

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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.

Local bird migrations in Tamborine Mountain Escarpment

Some sedentary birds have a large enough range within a local ecology that they seem migratory. This is the case for a number of birds in The Forest of the Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Protection Precinct.

Here are just some of the birds we’ve photographed during late Autumn / early Winter, which is when they appear on the eastern side of the Mountain. They disappear from the local area once the warm weather starts up again.

1. Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)Eastern Spinebill Male
The Eastern Spinebill is found east of the Great Dividing Range, from north Queensland down to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. They love nectar from a range of flowers, including grevillea flowers. Their long downturned beak is perfect for tunnelling into tubular flowers. They will also eat insects.

They’re not shy birds. In fact, they’re incredibly curious and will sneak a peak to find out what other birds are doing in their territory (without trying to scare them off) and what humans are doing close-by.

More on the Eastern Spinebill

2. Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)Grey Fantail
The Grey Fantail is found throughout Australia in treed habitats. They feed on a range of insects by foraging at the edge of treed areas and bushes as well as in canopies. They can be easily recognised by their fanned tail and their wispy way of flying when catching flying insects.

These are gregarious birds who will fly in and out of open areas to feed.

More on the Grey Fantail

3. Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis)
The Golden Whistler is a distinctive looking bird, with its bright yellow breast contrasting strongly with their black and white neck and face.Golden Whistler

They’re found from north-eastern Queensland, down to Tasmania and across to southern South Australia and south-western Western Australia, preferring denser forests. They love insects, spiders and other small arthropods. They also eat berries.

More on the Golden Whistler

4. Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae)

The Grey Goshawk comes in two colour morphs, 1. completely white and 2. white-chested with grey bars and grey head and wings. The latter can be found on Tamborine Mountain and in coastal areas in northern and eastern Australia.Grey Goshawk

The Grey Goshawk loves tall forests with a closed canopy, including rainforests. Their diet consists of birds, small mammals, reptiles and insects. The larger female is capable of preying on much larger animals when compared with their male counterpart.

More on the Grey Goshawk

5. White-eared Monarch (Carterornis leucotis)

The White-eared Monarch is a pied monarch-flycatcher. They look a little bit like the very cWhite-Eared Monarchommon Magpie Lark, but with a cross of black on their face and a main black line through their eye.

They can be found on the coastal lowlands and eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range from Cape York to north-eastern NSW. Their natural habitat is rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest, and stay mainly in the upper canopy to find food. This makes them much harder to spot.

More on the White-eared Monarch

Great places to find out about birds:

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage

Queensland Department of Environment & Heritage Protection

Birds in Backyards

BirdLife Australia

Birdata

Scenic Rim Regional Council approves out-of-place development: Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Protection Precinct

On Friday, 15 May 2015, Scenic Rim Regional Council planners recommended the entertainment park be approved.

On Tuesday, 19 May 2015, a majority of Scenic Rim Regional Councillors voted in favour of the development.

The Councillors who represent Tamborine Mountain voted against the development.

The Councillors who represent other areas of the Scenic Rim voted in favour of the development.

Councillors had a week to reconsider their vote before the full Council vote on 26 May. However, once the full Council meeting was held, the vote didn’t change. Despite representations made by Tamborine Mountain Councillors, the Council decided to accept the Planning and Development Committee meeting report and approve the development. Tamborine Mountain Councillors commented further on the development requesting additional conditions be applied, especially relating to fire management.

Save Guanaba reiterates: the development for a high-volume, high-impact entertainment park goes against everything the Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Protection Precinct stands for. And we will appeal the Council’s decision in Queensland’s Planning and Environment Court.

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One of the last significant green spaces left on the Mountain …

98-196 Guanaba Road Tamborine Mountain