Impacts of the Development

Impacts on Flora and Fauna

Vegetation

Of thirteen Regional Ecosystems mapped on the False Cape site, three patches of “Of Concern” vegetation fall within the development area and will be (and are currently being) significantly impacted, or even obliterated by the development works.  These are described in Table 2, below.

Table 2 – Threatened Regional Ecoystems that will be cleared by works at the False Cape site.

Regional Ecosystem Code Description Conservation Status Biodiversity Status
7.12.37 Rock pavements and seepage areas of wet lowlands, uplands and highlands of the eastern escarpment and central range (excluding high granite areas of Hinchinbrook Island and Bishops Peak) on granite and rhyolite, with Allocasuarina spp. shrublands and/or s Of Concern Of Concern
7.12.59 Eucalyptus leptophleba and Corymbia clarksoniana open forest to woodland, on moist foothills on granite and rhyolite Of Concern Endangered
7.12.69 Eucalyptus drepanophylla and/or E. granitica ± Corymbia clarksoniana ± C. erythrophloia woodland, or dry uplands on granite and rhyolite Of Concern Of Concern

McCulloch’s Disease

A mysterious disease of tall trees is commonly associated with coastal property developments.  It appears to have originated in Sydney, and has spread to coastal townships around the Australian coastline.  Its appearance in the Cairns area has been observed at Yorkeys Knob and Buchan Point. 

The impact of McCulloch’s disease appears to be directly in proportion to the quality of view that tree death produces for nearby landowners.  Symptoms of the disease are tiny holes near the base of the trunk, or a sudden and unexplained overnight collapse of the entire tree. 

Despite the proponent’s covenanted buffer zones between beachside properties and building envelopes, there are no guarantees that beachside trees will not mysteriously and suddenly disappear.  Any removal of foreshore vegetation will increase its susceptibility to erosion, and will also greatly increases the visual impact of the development as seen from the west and north. 

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