Local Fauna

 

Lendlease acknowledges the environmental values of the Moreton Bay region and the Pine Valley site. We recognise too, the deep connection shared by many with the natural environment. We are grateful for the input to date of Indigenous leaders, regional wildlife care and rescue, senior ecologists and zoological species experts, community environmental educators and local environment groups.

Could protected amphibian species be affected?
The state identified the site’s potential to provide habitat for wallum froglet, based on habitat associations.  Consequently, Lendlease engaged Dr Edward Meyer, a herpetologist (reptile expert) and noted authority on southeast Queensland amphibian species, particularly the wallum froglet.  Dr Meyer was lead author of the National recovery plan for the wallum sedgefrog and other wallum dependent frog species in 2006.  

Dr Meyer’s advice concluded that there are no potential impacts to the Wallum Froglet.

Dr Meyer and Mark Sanders (a recognised southeast Queensland zoologist) surveyed the area for the Giant Barred Frog - their advice concluded that there are no potential impacts to the Giant Barred Frog.

Are there koalas at Pine Valley?
Koalas were detected on the site and surrounds via: survey observation of live individuals, koala scats (droppings), and indicative scratches (left by their claws on trees). Scats and scratch evidence were detected in areas of remnant open forest that are being retained and less so in the eucalypt-dominated regrowth areas. The site’s important district wildlife function is its facilitation of wildlife movement between habitat corridors of state and regional significance.

Are there koalas in the district too?
Our experts’ field work onsite and the work of others in the surrounding district of Narangba and Morayfield, identify a considerable koala population.

The Wildlife Online database indicates 744 records within a 5km radius of the site (an average of 1 koala per 10.6ha). This search area encompasses - 
  • Sheep Station Creek Conservation park
  • Large expanses of well-vegetated, freehold properties in western Kurwongbah
  • Large expanses of well-vegetated, freehold properties in western Narangba
Within a reduced 2km radius (the site and immediate surrounds), there are 94 records of koala (an average of 1 record per 13.4ha).

What is koala habitat?
The EPBC Act self-referral Koala Referral Guidelines define ‘koala habitat’ as:

Any forest of woodland containing species that are known koala food trees, or shrubland with emergent food trees. This can include remnant and non-remnant vegetation in natural, agricultural, urban and peri-urban environments. Koala Habitat is defined by the vegetation community present, the vegetation structure, the koala does not necessarily have to be present.
 
Our site’s remnant vegetation fits this description, koalas are known to be present. This is why a significant proportion of the koala tress onsite are being retained and protected – in the ROS and the EMC.

Will there be development near koala habitat?
Only landscape and/or remedial groundworks are envisaged to occur within areas of koala habitat, ensuring that the overall biodiversity and ecological values of the habitat are preserved.

Koala habitat will be retained in its natural form and protected from incompatible land uses and/or infrastructure.

The overall outcome endeavours to a) qualify the role and importance of koala habitat mapping on the Pine Valley master plan; b) ensure only minimal works are undertaken within these areas, for permitted uses.

Pine Valley Urbis Development Plan