Impacts of the Development
Environmental and Aesthetic Values
The densely forested hills across Trinity Inlet from Cairns form the northern end of the Murray Prior and Nisbet Ranges. They are largely protected within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, and form the spectacular natural frontage for which Cairns is justly famous (LINK TO GOOGLE EARTH PANORAMA).
At the foot of the ranges lies the Cairns rural suburb of East Trinity, including communities of Giangurra, Second Beach and Koombal. Although only 9 km east of the Cairns CBD it can only be reached by a 45 km, 50 minute drive from Cairns, winding through canefields around the southern end of Trinity Inlet, and then hugging the coastline as it approaches Second Beach (LINK TO FIGURE 1). The road leaves the coast at Second Beach, where it turns abruptly south and climbs over the ridge to the Aboriginal community at Yarrabah. Around a hundred allotments are currently present in the area between Giangurra and Koombal.
False Cape is the northernmost extent of the Murray Prior Range. The Cape is located within a single 120.5 ha allotment (Lot 108 on RP712063) (LINK TO FIGURE 3) immediately to the northeast of Second Beach. The allotment extends down to the high tide mark along its northern and eastern boundaries.
The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area bounds the entire site at the low tide mark. The coastline is fronted, not by sandy beaches but by rocks and large boulders, often interspersed by mangrove trees (LINK TO FIGURE 4 AND FIGURE 5).