Mountain Ranges, Forests and Waterways place type

The Strategic framework outlines the 20-year vision for growth and development in the Moreton Bay Region. It divides the region into 13 place types. These place types explain the level of growth and form of development that is expected in different neighbourhoods and communities throughout the Moreton Bay Region. Mountain Ranges, Forests and Waterways is one of these 13 place types.

The Mountain Ranges, Forests and Waterways place type consists of protected areas, private lands (more than 80 per cent forested), ridge lines and steep slopes, council and state managed natural reserves, as well as flood plains associated with waterways.

Where can I find the Mountain Range, Forests or Waterways place types?

The majority of areas are located along the western edge of the Moreton Bay Region. This includes:

  • Steep forested slopes of the D’Aguilar, Blackall and Conondale Ranges
  • The waterways of the Stanley River, North Pine River and South Pine River
  • Natural and conservation reserves
  • State and national parks

Other important locations include Bribie Island, Lake Samsonvale and Lake Kurwongbah.

Why is the Mountain Ranges, Forests and Waterways place type important?

These areas provide protection for the region’s natural environment and drinking water supply catchments. As a result, it is important the integrity, condition and function of the biodiversity and ecological processes within these areas are protected into the future.

Mountain ranges, forests and waterways at a glance

  • Natural environment dominates
  • Low density, dispersed dwellings and farm buildings
  • Protects environment, unique biodiversity and drinking water supply
  • Provides essential ecosystem services to community wellbeing
  • Regionally significant scenic amenity values
  • Low key employment opportunities based around tourism and agriculture
  • Development maintains and enhances natural character and identity
  • Diverse range of active and passive recreational opportunities
  • Cultural heritage is protected
  • Network of open space connected with wildlife corridors
  • Protection of waterways and natural and artificial water bodies