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Flora & Fauna


About one-fifth of Queensland's plant species can be found within the Scenic Rim region.

The McPherson Ranges are nationally recognised as a place of significant biodiversity.

Rainforests of the Scenic Rim (Mt Barney and Lamington Plateau) are part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia (CERRA), a World Heritage listed area. These reserves provide habitat for more than 200 rare or threatened plant and animal species.

While the areas mentioned above are protected, the majority of vegetation and wildlife habitat is found on private land. Landowners have a role to play in ensuring that our wildlife continues to survive. Because of this, Council is seeking to work cooperatively with landowners to ensure protection of wildlife and vegetation.

Koalas are resident all over the Scenic Rim, yet they are rarely seen.  Scenic Rim Regional Council is seeking to gather data from residents on the distribution of local koalas.  Sightings from your own property, roadside vegetation, reserves/national parks or neighbouring property (only if they are agreeable) can be made.  Dead koalas can be reported too.

Please use the form below to advise Council of their whereabouts.

Koala sighting report

The link below is also useful for information about planting koala friendly trees.

Koala food trees in the Scenic Rim region