The Land Management information kit outlines what is required by way of community participation in the planning process. In developing the draft LMP a working group is to be formed and 'should include as many as six stakeholder representatives of groups affected by the management of the trust land. The group should include the trustees, community representatives, etc as required.

Little or no operational detail is provided on what is adequate community participation and consultation. Therefore it is suggested you contact the Lord Mayor and your local BCC Councillor seeking answers to questions listed in the document Draft Land Management Plan Explained.

The Operational Policy derived from the Land Act states that 'The Trustee will identify the level of consultation required...'

Note pages

3-public access;

4-preserving public access & inconsistent use; 6-commercial & inconsistent activity;

8-commercial use no exclusivity & activity consistent with current purpose & does not dominate the trust land;

11-criteria to assess application for secondary use.

Mt Coot-tha land Tenure

Cadastral Map - depicts land parcels, lot/plan details and area.

Source: Queensland Government

Mt Coot-tha Summit a foggy day in July 2018

Photo: Mike Robertson

Explanation of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines & Energy (DNRME) Draft Land Management Plan to assist with writing letters to ministers, the Lord Mayor & councillors.

The Department of Natural Resources, Mines & Energy (DNRME) responded to questions about the Land Management Plan in this document.

Peter Hale PhD, a retired wildlife ecologist, presented at the Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) meeting on Sunday June 25, 2018.


This presentation provides information of the proposed development from an environmental perspective & incorporates legislative requirements.

Mt Coot-tha Summit Track July 2018

Photo: Mike Robertson

 Federal Govt Department of Environment & Energy - Koala habitat issue

Waiting for a verdict from the Federal Govt - January 2019

  • The current DA only lists 1 hectare of clearing for the proposed development and therefore the consultant concluded it was only a small area of habitat clearing and thus was equivalent to a low risk of significant impact to the koala population. The vegetation clearing of 28 hectares was initially recommended by The State Assessment & Referral Agency for a bushfire safety buffer; the proposed development is located in a High Fire Hazard area. Council state they can manage the bushfire risk without the clearing but still have up to 2 hectares of clearing and pruning listed in their development application reports. The numbers keep changing & now council states only 760 sqm to be cleared despite also stating 217 large trees have to be removed in their DA. Engineers suggest the construction phase will require additional clearing for vehicle access, lay-down areas for materials & workers' facilities.

  • This extensive clearing of vegetation and the zipline development being almost 16 hectares in size will fragment the landscape and obstruct current connectivity and fauna movement. The canopy will be directly affected also by the noise, lights and human activity for extended hours (7am to 10 pm) all year round.


  • Comparing the development area to the area of the entire Mt Coot-tha forest does not lessen the impacts.



A person must not take an action that is likely to have a significant impact on an environmental matter protected by the Federal Environmental Protection Act without approval from the Federal Government Minister for the Environment.


Request the Federal Government carefully review the impacts of the proposed development and the development application reports.

Submissions closed Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 11.59 pm


Or post (allowing for the public comment due date):                     

Referrals Gateway
Assessment & Governance Branch
Department of the Environment and Energy
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601


Mt Coot-tha Protection Alliance Inc