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The Creekside Buffer - Why It Matters

Riparian Buffer Zone Infographic
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The Obi Obi Creek east of Maleny is the missing link in wildlife corridors on the Range. Great works are being undertaken to revegetate other areas in the Blackall Range but if the Obi Obi Creek corridor along the Maleny Community Precinct remains fragmented with open grassland and poor creekside buffers it will fail to become a viable link in the range wildlife corridors.

To ensure that the creekside buffer link maintains some portion relatively free of disturbance, the width must be more than twice that over which edge disturbances influence ecological processes.These edge effects are likely to impact for at least 10m into the riparian strip on the Obi Obi Creek so the very bare minimum of corridor that would provide any connectivity value is 20m. Clearly this needs to be wider and we have adopted the width of 40m for a resilient and viable riparian corridor along Obi Obi Creek. For more information drawn from noted scientific papers, see the Obi Obi Parklands website.

Green Hills have attracted funding from the Commonwealth Government to plant creekside vegetation but Sunshine Coast Council has remained unwilling to allocate them sufficient creekside land for the wildlife corridor, claiming that it is needed for other uses. In one critical denuded bend in the creek all they are prepared to give is a six metre buffer zone – that’s only one tree wide. This goes against their own charter, and their own vision statement for the Precinct which declares the land should be a best-practice precedent for development.

Read Sunshine Coast Council's own Biodiversity Strategy here. We only ask that they walk the talk with respect to their plans for the Maleny Community Precinct.


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