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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