The Maroochy River floodplain within the dynamic Maroochy River catchment contains the diverse ecosystems of the majestic Maroochy River, creeks, estuaries, wetlands and saltmarsh. It provides habitat for a range of animals including migratory birds and threatened species.
This ecologically significant coastal lowland contains significant vegetation communities which are Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems. These include the largest stand of Coastal Swamp Oak (Casuarina glauca) in Australia which has recently been listed as nationally endangered - Coastal Swamp Oak Forest of South-East Queensland and New South Wales; Subtropical and Temperate Coastal Saltmarsh community which is EPBC listed as critically endangered; and a threatened population of endangered water mouse (Xeromys myoides). This extremely flood-prone parcel is also in close proximity to the Yandina Creek Wetlands and the Coolum Creek Conservation Reserve and sits within the 'Blue Heart.'
A 510 ha mixed-use urban development with a 'wave pool' (pitched as 'Surf Ranch Sunshine Coast') has been proposed by Consolidated Properties Group. The proposed location for this intensive urban development sits within the Maroochy River floodplain and is subject to permanent flooding/standing water, tidal inundation and acid sulphate soils.
This massive development poses significant risks and impacts on the Maroochy River, the floodplain and wider catchment.