Canungra Rise is a boutique estate in the idyllic Scenic Rim Region.
Elbina Pty Ltd engaged Planit Consulting to prepare an Annual Compliance Report for the Canungra Rise estate. The subdivision has 298 residential allotments approved, and incorporates 18.3 hectares of parkland. It has 117 hectares of environmental offset for the long‐term retention and protection of habitat for the Koala.
The Department of Environment referred Canungra Rise under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. They determined it to be a ‘controlled action’ under sections 18/18A (listed threatened species and communities) of the Act. As such, the assessment process was that of ‘preliminary documentation’ with the required assessments and documentation to be prepared and advertised up until 30 June 2016.
During the assessment process, the Department decided that the controlling provisions would be the potential impact to approximately 26 hectares of habitat ‘critical to the survival’ of the Koala which is listed as Vulnerable under the EPBCA.
On 22 August 2016, the Canungra Rise Estate residential development was granted approval under sections 130(1) and 133 of the EPBCA. However this was subject to compensation for the loss of Koala habitat associated with the development. The provision of 112.2 hectares of Koala habitat on the site was required as a direct offset to be secured in perpetuity via a Voluntary Declaration under the Queensland Vegetation Management Act 1999.
The offset area was determined by applying the requirements identified within both the EPBCA Environmental Offsets Policy and the Offset Assessment Guide.
Approved Offset Management Plan
General development notes
Canungra Rise Estate commenced construction on 19 February 2018.