Things to Consider
Fauna identified at the site includes:
- Rainbow lorikeet
- Eastern grey kangaroo
- Laughing kookaburra
Extending the existing vegetation can create a complete link through the site for koalas.
The intent is to plant species currently found in the regional ecosystem:
- Eucalyptus tereticornis – Queensland blue gum
- Melaleuca quinquenervia – Broad-leaved paperbark
- Lophostemon suaveolens – Swamp box
- Alphitonia excelsa – Soap tree
The waterways through the golf course connect to Hays Inlet and Bramble Bay.
Rehabilitated waterways would help contribute to better fishing and recreational opportunities by improving water quality, and ecological habitat.
Currently, there are persistent infestations of the invasive water weed, Salvinia molesta, through the ponds on the site.
This is contributing to water quality problems, especially in Lake Eden.
Lake Eden could become a healthier and more valued community asset – potentially becoming suitable for canoeing and other recreational activities.
North Lakes Common will be created in association with the development of between 200-240 low-rise independent living units and a three-storey 100-bed aged-care facility elsewhere on the site.
The provision of retirement living adjacent to the large common area contributes to a healthy lifestyle for aging residents.
Research shows a significant lack of aged-care facilities and of purpose-built retirement living accommodation in the North Lakes area.
Census data shows current population of people aged over 70 within in a 10km radius of North Lakes is 49,944.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics expects this demand to grow by 55 per cent by 2026 to 77,486.