Local Information

June 29, 2013

Dunes & Beach & Bush Care

Our Award Winning Ecoflick – Spinifex Stars

Two of our members – Diane and Birte – created a short film to enter in the 2013 Ecoflicks competition – and they came second! Congratulations ladies! Click here to watch the film – about 5 minutes long – and learn more about the role that spinifex plants play in protecting our dunes and helping to stabilise the precious sand on our beaches.

If you would like a copy of the film to show at schools or community events, please contact us at info@coolumcoastcare.org.au.

And another!

Diane and Birte have done it again with another short video produced for the 2016 National Landcare Award for Coastcare, which CaNSCC won. This film – again just under 5 minutes long – shows what we do and where we do it.

Pandanus Monitoring

Pandanus dieback is caused by an infestation of flatid (Jamella australiae). The flatid feeds on the tree’s sap and as such produces a sticky by-product that encourages mould growth. The mould growth results in leaves dropping and the trunk and branches showing signs of stress at the tree’s growing points and eventually the death of the entire tree. Management approaches to address the dieback of Pandanus (Pandanus tectorius) focus on mapping and monitoring of populations and, if necessary, treatment. This change in direction focuses on maintaining population of the parasitic wasp to control levels of the flatid populations. In the past, teams of Coolum District Coast Care Group (CDCCG) volunteers and Sunshine Coast Council Officers mapped and monitored Pandanus population and evidence of the wasps’ activity in accessible sections of the coast from Stumers Creek to Maroochy River in March and November each year. No monitoring is currrently underway.
Local History

Recently Kabi Kabi Traditional Owner Kerry Jones and family undertook an interpretation of the place name meaning for Yaroomba, derived from local Aboriginal words. The in-depth study can be accessed in the file the-meaning-of-yaroomba-ii.

Rocky foreshores

The coastline between Coolum and Point Arkwright consists of two kilometres of rocky shores dotted with three small sandy bays. The marine life that can be found along the rocky shoreline is quite varied and colourful. A mix of temperate and tropical species can be found here because on this section of Australia’s coast there is an overlap of northern and southern currents.

All foreshore species are interdependent. Removal of any species or even a decline in its population has a domino effect, leading to the decline of the entire foreshore ecosystem. So enjoy, not destroy, our precious rocky foreshores. The brochure tells you how… and also illustrates some of the many creatures you may see.

Rocky Foreshores Brochure 1

As a result of the landmark rocky foreshores survey of the Coolum area in 2000, data has existed to support an application for a multi-use reserve to protect marine plants and animals as well as the rocky foreshore along the Sunshine Coast. Coolum and North Shore Coast Care undertook a followup survey in 2010/11 to update this data in the wake of the Moreton Bay oil spill. When the report is completed it will be available in the reports section on the website.

Native Plants 

1. Endangered Plants
Bertya sharpeana is a plant found in the Mount Coolum area. It is listed in Schedule 4 (Rare Wildlife) of the Queensland Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 1994. Attempts to cultivate have not been successful and it is not held in any Australian Botanical Garden. The occurrence of Bertya shapeana in the powerline corridor has been confirmed with a sample sent to the Queensland Herbarium. It is a bushy shrub or small tree (from 0.4 to 4 m in height) with short, distinctive oval leaves with curled margins and furry surfaces, Bertya sharpeana is suitable to conserve below the high tension lines as it will remain low in the open conditions resulting from the management of the corridor. Coast Care is discussing this with Energex. Bertya on private undeveloped lots has twice been sabotaged. Building permits are not issued where Bertya exists since the plant is classified rare. Yet mysteriously the plants have been burned, cut and bulldozed. Coolum Coast Care is keeping a watching eye on this unique species and its location. A meeting with the Environment Protection Agency before Christmas (2007) resulted in an agreement that barriers will be erected to prevent cars from entering and damaging the National Park section where it also is found.  2004 report with management suggestions

2. Mount Emu She-Oak or Allocasuarina emuina
Threatened destruction of large areas of the endangered Mt. Emu She-oak (formerly located where the Peregian Springs housing estate now exists) was an issue which Coast Care pointed out to government and the estate’s developers. Subsequently we participated in the Allocasuarina emuina recovery project. Community groups were able to successfully ensure that a small but valuable wallum sanctuary of the endangered Allocasuarina emuina on the southern side of Mount Emu was added to the Noosa National Park. Coast Care has asked the Sunshine Coast Environment Council to ascertain the status of the Emuina Recovery Plan while it is examining the developers environmental track record in other parts of the Sunshine Coast. A significant population of this species also occurs in an area affected by the proposed Sunshine Coast Airport expansion.

3. Wildflowers of the Sunshine Coast

Download the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival Committee’s 2013 wildflower brochure.

Wildflower Festival – Flowers Guide

4. Our Locals are Beauties Brochure

The Sunshine Coast Council produced two excellent guides to local native plants, both a Coastal and a Hinterland edition of “Take another look… Our Locals are Beauties”. They can be obtained from some Sunshine Coast Council outlets and the Coastal version is also available at Coolum Community Native Nursery.

Turtles and marine Life

1. Find out more about Turtle Life on the Sunshine Coast here
2. Turtle Research for the Coolum area
3. Migrating Whales Research
4. Fisheries
5. Old Woman/Mudjimba Island Protected Park

Local Beauties and Beasts – weeds, wildflowers, fauna

1. Coolum and North Shore Birds and Animals

In preparation


2. Nesting Box Project

From the February 2007 Report: All boxes are secure in trees, habitation rates of boxes and species diversity is increasing in all areas. The average habitation rates across the nest boxes in this area 72.3%. This is excellent, increasing from 37.62% in December 2004. A native beehive has been established at a Point Arkwright box. Feral European bees still tend to present a problem in nest boxes as they do in tree hollows. It is good however to see that once the box is cleaned out, native species will return straight away. Ten separate species are now using the boxes with this being the first audit to show evidence of microbats and native bees.

With a Queensland government grant obtained in 2014, specialists were  contracted to audit the original nest boxes and those that were deteriorating replaced. Additional boxes were located in selected areas, based on the level of wildlife activity experienced by the  existing boxes. A report on usage and the project is being prepared.

Feral Foxes 

In late 2014, Sunshine Coast Council announced a ‘coastal fox control’ program that sought community consultation and support in reducing the threat that foxes pose to turtle nests and more generally to ground-dwelling fauna of the coastal strip. This program requests the community  to report dens and then later in the year, to ‘adopt a den’ by periodically monitoring the den activity. This will allow the authorities to undertake more effective abatement action. Over 300 dens have been mapped across the northern part of the Sunshine Coast

If you wish to be involved in this  program contact:

Darcy Murray, Feral Animal Officer, Sunshine Coast Council, on 0408 078 573, or Darcy.Murray@sunshinecoast.qd.gov.au

or Coolum and North Shore Coast Care on info@coolumcoastcare.org.au.

Here is the link to the latest Queensland Government Fact Sheet on foxes. See detailed information on this project here.

 

You can also find out more about Coolum Beach, the nature walks and things to do on the Coolum Beach website