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Coastal ecosystems management - case study: urban planning

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Title: Coastal ecosystems management - case study: urban planning
Authors: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Abstract: This report is one of five case studies examining how present management and planning decisions support protection of Great Barrier Reef coastal ecosystems with links to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area’s (World Heritage Area) Outstanding Universal Value. This case study considers landscape management associated with previous Master Planning in the Mount Peter area of the Mulgrave-Russell catchment, far north Queensland. The Mount Peter case study site covers an area of 3,352 hectares, and was identified as a future urban development site under the repealed Far North Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031. Much of the floodplain rainforest has been cleared from the site, and currently supports extensive agriculture (sugar cane), a quarry and small rural residential communities. The site is adjacent to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the streams that cross the site discharge into the Trinity Inlet of the World Heritage Area. As noted in this review, managing for ecological function in modified landscapes (such as in the Mount Peter area) needs to consider soil infiltration rates, residence time of overland flow and there effect on sediment and nutrient run-off. These impacts are representative of many other Great Barrier Reef catchments and the management of them provides lessons for management of the Great Barrier Reef catchment.
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