The Mount Coot-tha Zipline Project - Land Management Plan

Brisbane City Council is seeking the community's feedback on the draft Mt Coot-tha zipline land management plan.

The draft land management plan has been prepared in line with the Land Act 1994 to guide Brisbane City Council, in its capacity as trustee, for the future development and use of the Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) land, Lot 2 on SP241566, at Mt Coot-tha, and the ongoing maintenance and management of the trust land.

Please click here to give your feedback about the draft land management plan by completing the survey provided

The survey is available until late December, 2018.

We ask that you please read the draft Mt Coot-tha zipline land management plan before completing the survey.

We understand that this is a large document, so we have also created an executive summary outlining some key important points around the Land Management Plan.

Executive Summary

Brisbane is undoubtedly emerging as a global tourism destination with multiple initiatives to provide new entertainment and lifestyle experiences (Live Entertainment Precinct, Howard Smith Wharves and Queens Wharf resort) and the infrastructure necessary to provide connectivity for visitors (the Airport’s new runway, Brisbane International Cruise Ship Terminal and river to bay connectivity).

To complement these exciting projects, a world‐class ecotourism experience is planned for Brisbane’s iconic Mt Coot-tha. Three experiences are proposed that will significantly increase the precinct’s appeal as a tourism destination, while maintaining natural and cultural values, and providing stunning vistas of the City, Moreton Bay and Scenic Rim.

  1. Treetop Canopy zipline tour of approximately 1.5 km taking small groups of 8-12 from treetop platform to treetop platform using zipline technology and providing a guided learning experience of Mt Coot-tha’s flora, fauna and Indigenous cultural heritage.

  2. Skywalk cultural heritage tour including 349m pedestrian suspension bridge that will offer a guided Indigenous experience that tells the story of Indigenous life prior to colonial settlement. It will be an engaging walking tour exploring aspects such as bush tucker, dreamtime paths and hunting.

  3. Scenic Zipline tour of six parallel lines that will allow friends and family to jointly share the experience of traversing 1.4 km from the Lookout to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, in a single continuous run. The tour will celebrate Brisbane as a New World City and offer spectacular views across and beyond Brisbane.

To support this initiative an independent land management plan (LMP) has been commissioned to outline that the proposed experiences will be delivered in a manner that is sensitive to the environment and values of Mt Coot-tha.

The full report is available - click here to view.

Section 4.6.4 of the LMP makes particular reference to the ecological studies carried out by Cardno which highlight the following key findings for the proposed ecotours:

  • Impacts to koala habitat do not constitute a significant impact

  • Impacts to the greater glider habitat do not constitute a significant impact

  • The project has been specifically designed to avoid nesting habitat of the powerful owl by providing a wide buffer to the known nest tree and including an alternative zipline route which increases the buffer during breeding season.

  • Night time zipline activity on the Treetop Canopy Tour would not occur

  • Slender milkvine occurs at a number of locations within the study area but none would be directly impacted by the project.

  • A protected plants clearing permit and impact management plan would be required for clearing supporting habitat within 100m of this species in accordance with Flora Survey Guidelines

  • Clearing associated with the project is limited and in most instances results in retention of the canopy or the temporary clearing to facilitate construction

  • The project would result in the loss of 21 known hollow-bearing trees (accounting for ~41 individual hollows) and 7 suspected hollow-bearing trees (accounting for ~13 suspected individual hollows).

  • These hollows would be relocated, and/or offset through the provision of nest boxes. The project would require an approved Species Management Program under the Nature Conservation Act 1992

  • The Treetop Canopy Tour is located more than 100m from the Powerful Owl nest tree

  • Maintenance on zip run 7-8 in the Treetop Canopy Tour is considered to be minor and acceptable for the Powerful Owl

  • The noise arising from use of the zipline (i.e. excited patrons; rollers on the zip cable) would be relatively benign

  • The Helicopter Restriction Zone recommended in 28South’s Initial Advice lodged with the development application on 3 September 2018 remains but has an amended boundary to provide a reasonable separation to the nest tree and refuge gully and a lower operational limit for helicopter activity of 1,400ft above ground level

  • The proposed kiosk in the Botanic Gardens extends into the Tree Protection Zone of an adjacent tree. In response to these concerns, Independent Arboricultural Services (IAS) has prepared a Tree Protection Plan to protect the retained tree during construction works Zipline Australia Pty Ltd

We urge you to complete the survey and provide your feedback around the project now.

From the team at Zipline Australia

Harry Dexter