We will keep you updated with current known issues and threats to our coastal area. Being part of a larger ecosystem, we also include other issues in the greater South East Queensland region.
Current known issues & threats
- Human impacts on natural coastal ecology Our coastal areas - ocean, rivers, beaches, and dunes - are all tied together in a delicate natural balance. For brief outlines on how these environments all work together to maintain and protect each other, and the impacts that humans are having on this balance, check out these documents:
- Myrtle Rust fungus Myrtle Rust is a serious fungal disease that affects plants in the Myrtaceae family, including plants such as bottle brush, eucalyptus, and tea trees. It infects new growth, and can kill the host plant. Myrtle Rust has been found in a number of locations in South East Queensland - nurseries, public parkland, revegetation sites, and private residences. Because of the serious implications for our natural environment, the disease is notifiable. If you suspect a case of Myrtle Rust in any location, including your property, please call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881. Here is a link to the DAFF website, for more information on what to look out for, including photos.
- Deleterious Effects of Artificial Light on Marine Turtles Numerous studies conducted in Australia and other countries have demonstrated that artificial light negatively impacts on marine turtles, both female adults as they come and go from their home beach to lay eggs, and to turtle hatchlings as they seek out the way to the ocean. Read a summary of current knowledge in this paper prepared in April 2015: Artificial Light has Deleterious Effects on Marine Turtles.
ACTION ALERT - If you see any of the following immediately contact:
Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry: Ph: 13 25 23
Sunshine Coast Council: Ph: 1300 00 7272
Report ALL fox sightings by using the above contacts. Foxes dig up turtles nests and can kill hatchlings. Foxes are not native to Australia and are a huge threat to any ground dwelling birds, reptiles and small mammals. Download the most recent Fact Sheet on foxes. if you are interested in assisting with fox monitoring see local information.
- Feral Birds: Indian Mynah:
Observation of the non-native Indian Mynah in the Coolum area should be reported to the Sunshine Coast Council as they will undertake a trapping program. The Mynah is aggressive and competes with native birds and animals for hollow log homes. The Indian Mynah is not to be confused with the noisy Miner which is an Australian native bird. For more info visit Common Indian Myna website