Consultation is now open

Tell your story of this place and provide feedback on the draft Landscape Plan by Monday, 15 July 2024.

Overview

Project overview

Mount Ninderry Environment Reserve, on the native title determined lands of the Kabi Kabi peoples, is significant culturally and ecologically. Council has prepared a draft Landscape Plan in partnership with the Kabi Kabi First Nations People and through targeted workshops with Council employees, Councillors, reserve neighbours, key stakeholders and community groups.

The draft Landscape Plan acknowledges Mount Ninderry is becoming increasingly popular with currently only one trail option and aims to:

  • share other places for people to enjoy and appreciate the beauty and views of Mount Ninderry
  • honour the Kabi Kabi connection to this land and create opportunities to share the Kabi Kabi peoples presence and connection to Country
  • offer sustainable and culturally sensitive access for the community to appreciate and enjoy the mountain and its beautiful natural environment.

Community engagement

Council invites you to view the Mount Ninderry Environment Reserve Draft Landscape Plan and provide feedback between Monday, 17 June and 5pm Monday, 15 July 2024. How to participate:

Feedback map

Click on the 'Participate' tab to access the feedback map. Feedback will be received through stories of place, what you enjoy about Mount Ninderry Environment Reserve and how the proposed features of the draft Landscape Plan will improve your experience of Mount Ninderry.


Talking post

Drop-in and speak to a member of the project team at an upcoming 'Talking Post' and have your say about the draft landscape plan.

Thursday 27 June 2024 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

Talking Post

Main Car Park, Mount Ninderry Environment Reserve

Sunday 7 July 2024 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

Talking Post

Main Car Park, Mount Ninderry Environment Reserve

Background

Mount Ninderry Environment Reserve, within the lands of the Kabi Kabi People, is currently managed by Sunshine Coast Council comprising 199 hectares, which includes 60 hectares that were recently added through Council’s Environment Levy land acquisition program. The reserve protects eight different regional ecosystems, including a large area of ‘endangered’ subtropical lowland rainforest and four ‘of concern’ regional ecosystems. The high biodiversity and cultural importance of the reserve has been recognised by the community throughout several engagement workshops for the preparation of the draft landscape plan.

Results of Council stakeholder; community stakeholder and Kabi Kabi engagement activities have shown that Mount Ninderry is a significant site for many people and recognised within the lands of the Kabi Kabi First Nations people. It is apparent the site contains existing and future opportunities for eco-recreational, cultural, ecological and cultural training and educational use of the open space areas and tracks. Due to these opportunities and the iconic significance of the site, Council has prepared a draft landscape plan in partnership with the Kabi Kabi First Nations People.

From the stakeholder engagement the following key values were identified:

Explore the natural beauty of Mount Ninderry

Project timeline

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    2020 - 2021: Phase 1 – gathering information

    Three stakeholder groups worked to identify the sites values, constraints and opportunities:

    Group 1: Kabi Kabi First Nations People

    Group 2: Sunshine Coast Council Councillors and staff

    Group 3: Community Stakeholder Group: State Member for Ninderry; YADCA; Bushcare; Nambour multicultural community; CaNSCC; SEQ Healthy land and Water; SCEC; UniSC; Neighbours; Local Businesses; Maroochy Landcare; QPWS.

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    2022 -2023: Phase 2 - Drafting the landscape plan

    This stage took into feedback from the stakeholder groups, site surveys, geotech reports, cultural values report and the Kabi Kabi Engagement Outcomes Report

    It identified future public access opportunities – trails, entry points and features.

    The stakeholder groups provided feedback though this process.

  • Timeline item 3 - active

    June/July 2024: Phase 3 – Community feedback on the draft landscape plan

    Have your say on the draft landscape plan between 17 June and 15 July 2024.

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    2024: Phase 4 – review community feedback

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    2024: Phase 5 – final plan adopted

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    2024 onward: Phase 6 – long term implementation phase and bid for funding

Contact us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Natural Areas Conservation Officer, Engagement, Planning and Wildlife
Email naturalareas@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Next steps

Feedback from this stage of community engagement will be considered and incorporated into the final Landscape Plan. Council is in the early planning stages there may not be any development for a number of years and any development is likely to be small scale.

Participate

Preparing to participate

Prior to giving feedback on the Mount Ninderry Environment Reserve Draft Landscape Plan, please click on the links below to access the project resources. These resources will provide more insight into the significant natural and indigenous cultural values of Mount Ninderry Environment Reserve and the proposed opportunities for enriching the community experience.

Participate

Help us make a plan that will celebrate and protect the reserves significant cultural and natural values—for the whole community to appreciate and enjoy.

You are invited to view the draft Landscape Plan and provide feedback. Feedback will also be received through stories of place, what you enjoy about Mount Ninderry, what you value, and how the proposed features of the landscape plan will improve your experience of Mount Ninderry.