A program of building renewal was undertaken at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve to upgrade the kiosk and visitor centre. It was important to honour the Deed of Trust under which the Reserve was gifted and minimise impacts on remnant rainforest outside the current built footprint.
Native Foresters was commissioned by Sunshine Coast Council to conduct fauna surveys and habitat assessments of the building precinct between 2012 and 2016 and prepare a Species Management Plan for Vulnerable listed Tusked frog.
The project was exemplary in environmental planning, delivery and compliance, with minimal impacts on Tusked frog habitat and remnant vegetation occurring during construction following implementation of the Species Monitoring Program.
Retention of existing vegetation; water quality monitoring of a Tusked frog breeding pond; fauna exclusion fencing and fauna relocations were incorporated into the project’s Environmental Management Plan to ensure minimal disturbance to fauna populations and their habitat during the construction phase.
The construction phase of the project was completed in January 2017, with ongoing monitoring of Tusked frog populations in accordance with the SMP until January 2018.