Save Sunrise Beach Glossy Black Cockatoos and Wallum!

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The Glossy Black-Cockatoo is one of Australia’s rarest cockatoos and listed as vulnerable under QLD and NSW legislation. Nobody knows how many are left, though in the 2016 count there were 96 counted in SE Queensland. Of the 96 Glossy Black Cockatoo identified in SEQ in the 2016 count, 37 were in Noosa. Many of these can be observed feeding and drinking at Sunrise Beach particularly from May to November.

Glossies are extremely ‘fussy’ eaters with a very restricted diet, feeding only on the seeds in cones of she-oaks Casuarina and Allocasuarina species and even then only selected individual trees. They will return to the same food tree time and again, often ignoring nearby trees that are full of cones.

Sunrise Beach Glossy Black Cockatoo habitat is now under threat.

An application for a high-intensity residential aged care facility and retirement village was submitted in 2008 and approved by Sunshine Coast Regional Council in 2011. Unbeknown to residents, schools and conservationists the development application period was extended by Noosa Council in 2017. The conditions require Blue Care to identify food trees for propagation and offset planting on a different site.  Experts advise that there is no evidence that environmental offsets work for the Glossies and any regrowth if successful, will not provide food for the birds for at least 7 years.

This development has come as a shock to our community and flora and fauna conservationists. There is a small window of opportunity to act and maximise the outcome for the Glossies and the community.

At a minimum we are asking Uniting Church (Blue Care) to retain and protect our Sunrise Glossy Black Cockatoos and Wallum. And we are asking Noosa Council to support them in this!

Please listen to the community passionate about our unique environment and

  1. consider land swap options;
  2. do not clearfell the site but retain the majority of Glossy food trees;
  3. work with Glossy Team Sunrise members and other experts to rethink and adapt the development;
  4. protect the Glossy drinking creek;
  5. work with Noosa Council and locals to mitigate traffic impact.

For more information find 'Glossy Team Sunrise' on facebook.

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