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    Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Sunday, August 16, 2009


    Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Sunday, August 16, 2009


    A proposal to develop Inskip Peninsula has been rejected by the Bligh Government to protect the significant environmental values of the site.

    Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones said the Department of Environment and Resource Management had directed the Gympie Regional Council to refuse the 200 hectare development near Cooloola.

    Ms Jones said sensitive dune systems in the area would be severely impacted if the application for the development of Rainbow Shores Stage Two was to go ahead.

    “These dunes make the site an area of state significance under section 2.8.1 of the State Coastal Management Plan 2002,” Ms Jones said.

    “The proposal by Rainbow Shores was to construct a residential, commercial, tourist and retail development.

    “The 200 hectare site was to include open space use of the Inskip Peninsula, north of the Rainbow Beach township, and accommodation for about 6,500 residents.

    “The Department has undertaken extensive consideration of this proposal based on its legislative requirement to protect the significant environmental values.

    “I believe it is the right decision.”

    Ms Jones said the project was primarily refused because it threatened to destroy dune systems which are vital habitat for native species.

    “This area is home to the black breasted button quail which is listed as vulnerable to extinction under both Queensland and Commonwealth laws,” she said.

    “Other vulnerable species in the area include the wallum froglet and the wallum sedgefrog, the beach stone curlew and red goshawk birds.

    “These dunes also act as buffer zones minimising the impacts of erosion and tidal inundation which is pertinent right now as we’ve seen massive king tides hit our shores in the past 12 months.”

    Ms Jones said the environmental assessment of the proposal was required under the Integrated Planning Act 1997.

    “In accordance with the Act, DERM found it was inconsistent with The Queensland’s Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995 and the State Coastal Management Plan,” she said.

    “The northern end is part of a Significant Coastal Dune System as defined in the State Coastal Management Plan and is an ancient barrier dune which is now rare.

    “The region forms a crucial biodiversity corridor linking Fraser Island with Cooloola.”

    A fact sheet on the area’s conservation values is attached.

    16 August, 2009
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    Conservation values of the Rainbow Shores 2 site

    ·The site of the proposed development is a 200 hectare strip of undisturbed remnant native vegetation on the northern tip of the Inskip Peninsula.

    ·The land retains important old growth native vegetation, including “mapped remnant vegetation” as defined under the Vegetation Management Act 1999.

    ·The land is part of a significant coastal dune system which serves as important habitat for a diverse range of native plants and animals, including the following ‘rare and threatened’ species listed for protection under State and Commonwealth laws:

    §Wallum Sedgefrog (vulnerable QLD and Commonwealth)

    §Wallum Froglet (vulnerable QLD and NSW)

    §Black-breasted Button Quail (vulnerable QLD and Commonwealth)

    §Red Goshawk (endangered QLD, vulnerable Commonwealth)

    §Beach Stone Curlew (vulnerable QLD)

    §Water Mouse (vulnerable QLD and Commonwealth)

    §Ground Parrot (vulnerable QLD)

    §Little Tern (endangered QLD)

    ·The land is part of a biodiversity corridor which has ‘State Significance’. It serves as the only east-west link between the internationally recognised and protected inter-tidal wetlands of the Great Sandy Strait, and the coastal dune system along the east coast.

    ·The land also serves as a significant north-south biodiversity corridor which connects the Fraser Island World Heritage Area to the north and the Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park to the south.

    ·The land is an important part of one of the largest coastal dune systems in southern Queensland, stretching from the Inskip Peninsula, in the north, to Noosa River and Noosa North Shore. The dune system:

    oIs more than 98 percent intact.

    oIs of international significance.

    oIncludes coastal wetlands (freshwater, brackish and marine) of national and international significance.

    oMay contain burial, midden and stone scatter sites.