The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and Arts (DEWHA) has called for further assessment of the Johnstone River Park subdivision before it can make a decision about the proposed development.
Further assessment is required because the development is likely to have a significant impact on vulnerable and endangered species listed under the Commonwealth's Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
A number of vulnerable and endangered species occur in the area around the site. Among these are the Spectacled Flying Fox (Pteropus conspicillatus) and the Red Silky Oak or Queensland Tree Waratah (Alloxylon flammeum). Several migratory birds also use the area, including the Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons) and Cattle Egret (Ardea ibis).