Brisbane Region Environment Council
Save The Glider Forest
Parkinson / Heathwood/ Larapinta Forest Remnants
The diverse ecosystems and forests of Parkinson, Larapinta and adjoining habitats are essential for the future survival of a wide range of fauna and flora species, including regionally endangered and of concern ecosystems. These areas are referred to as "Glider Forest", in recognition of the five glider species recorded in the region. This area qualifies for and should be included on the register of the National Estate.
The large core area within the Oxley Creek catchment in Larapinta includes springs, lagoons and channels with a constant flow into extensive wetland swamps which provide excellent aquatic fauna habitats for fish, frogs, water dragons, lizards, skinks, and insects; as well as all terrestrial fauna.
Currently we believe that the BCC is planning to rip this area up with roads, industrial estates and urban development and not keep this vital area intact (see map). This will critically endanger the flora and fauna of this valuable area
As well as the possibility of five glider species, NatureSearch data 1995, revealed 19 mammal, 62 bird, 11 reptile and 10 amphibian species in the area. Recent discussions with Ian Gynther and Dave Stewart (Department of Environment) has indicated that these forests and corresponding ecosystems could include Rare, now amended to Vulnerable: wallum froglet, green-thighed frog, powerful owl; and Species of Special Interest: koala and Short-beaked echidna. Other Rare species likely to occur are grey goshawk, black-necked stork, rarely observed frilled lizard (from Greenbank, but may occur in adjoining forests).
The area has several identified plant alliances and plant species as having regional significance, because of their restricted distribution; including Melaleuca wetlands, Eucalyptus carnea community. Regional ecosystems of concern, Ecosystem # 12.3.8 Freshwater swamps associated with floodplains away from the coast. Restricted plants, coral fern, shiny umbrella fern, native cherry, bottlebrush grass tree, and flat-leaved grass tree. Restricted distribution: Queensland white mahogany, broad-leaved white mahogany, narrow-leaved red gum, large-leaved spotted gum and grey ironbark. Locally uncommon with a restricted distribution: umbrella cheese tree. Locally common, with a restricted distribution: smudgee. There are also many species of regional significance due to their restricted distribution on sandstone derived soil types including glory bush-pea, broad-leaf geebung, three-veined hakea, native yam, climbing maidenhair fern.
Because of the diversity of features, there is an urgent need for these core areas to be included into the National Estate Register to complement existing National Estate areas of Greenbank to the south-west, and Karawatha in the east.
The remnant forests and creek linkages include Heathwood, Pallara, Doolandella, Drewvale, Berrinba and Kuraby; but for the protection of these ecological areas to happen, there will need to be a concerted effort by council planners to ensure there is security of tenure. Currently, there is no guarantee that State Government or BCC owned land outside of the crematorium boundary will not be sold for future development.
This inclusion will also ensure the ecological integrity and high conservation values of the area are not subject to fragmentation by any proposed development, with the consequential impact upon upon wetlands, water quality and ecological stream flows, fauna and flora habitats.
The following statistics should serve as a further reminder of the consequences of continued clearing of remnant vegetation in South East Queensland
+ 2/3 of bushland already cleared
+ By 2040, all lowland forests outside reserves will be gone
+ 2/3 of Queensland's rare or threatened plants are in SEQ
+ 1/3 of Queensland's rare or threatened animals are in SEQ
+ 1/3 of all forest types in SEQ are threatened
+ less than 5% of SEQ is protected by National Parks
The Brisbane City Council must reverse its plans for a major industrial precinct in this area. The State Government must help fund the acquistion of the whole corridor through its regional landscapes strategy. The State and Local governments should abandon their road rail interchange plans for this area once and for all.
The plants, animals and local residents need this area intact to preserve their lifestyles and homes.
NO to Industry NO to Roads NO to Interchanges
YES to Forest YES to Trees and YES to Wildlife
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