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Toohey Forest Park Area (1991 boundary), Toohey Rd, Nathan, QLD, Australia

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List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Natural
Legal Status Registered (14/05/1991)
Place ID 17672
Place File No 4/01/001/0329
Statement of Significance
Toohey Forest Park is the largest forest park on the south side of Brisbane, within the city limits, and as such provides a refuge for native flora and fauna, and is an important educational area for city people. The area is significant as a good representation of sandstone vegetation with stringybarks which are uncommon regionally (EUCALYPTUS PLANCHONIANA and E.BAILEYANA). The rare plunkett mallee (E. CURTISII) has been found in two locations in the park. For an area in such close proximity to the centre of a major city, there is also an unusually high diversity of arboreal mammals.
Official Values Not Available
Description
The park occupies the slopes of Toohey Mountain (125m) and the hills between Toohey Mountain and Mount Gravatt. It includes the headwaters of Norman, Oxley and Bulimba creeks. The central and major part of Toohey Forest is drained by Mimosa Creek, a tributary of Bulimba. The area consists mainly of open eucalypt forest and woodland on moderate to steep slopes 40m-125m above sea level, and is surrounded by urban development. The soils of Toohey Forest are shallow, stony, lithosols, red/yellow podzolics and red earth developed on rocks of the Neranleigh-Fernvale group, Moorooka and Tingalpa formations. Stringybarks are common (EUCALYPTUS UMBRA, E. MICROCORYS), and bloodwoods (E. Trackyphloia, E.INTERMEDIA), spotted gums (E. HENRYI) and ironbarks (E. FIBROSA) also occur. Grass trees (XANTHORRHOEA JOHNSONII) are widespread on sandstone areas. the rare plunkett mallee (E.CURTISII) has been found in two locations on poorer soild of upper slopes. It has a limited distribution in south-east Queensland, and stands are generally small and scattered. The area provides habitat for three species of gliders, two possums and at least three bats, plus a few ground dwelling mammals.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
On the whole, the condition of Toohey Forest is reasonable. However, the integrity of the area is being impacted by activities around the perimeter of the park and erosion of tracks due to trail bike riding. Toohey Road, the south-east freeway and a powerline easement pass through the park.
Location
About 222.5ha, off Toohey Road and South East Freeway Nathan, including Toohey Mountain Reserve excluding
 
  1. the former Tarragindi Environmental Park,
  2. those parts of the park in the suburbs of Tarragindi or Moorooka, and
  3. Toohey Forest Environmental Park.
Bibliography
CATTERALL,C.P. AND WALLACE,C.J.(EDS.) (1987). AN ISLAND IN SUBURBIA:
THE NATURAL AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF TOOHEY FOREST. INSTITUTE OF
APPLIED ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY.
COUTTS,R. AND CATTERALL,C. (1980). IDENTIFYING PLANTS OF TOOHEY FOREST.
ECOS EDUCATIONAL PUBS.
PRYOR,L.D. (1981). AUSTRALIAN ENDANGERED SPECIES - EUCALYPTS. ANPWS,
CANBERRA. PP 58,59.
SABBATH,M.D. AND COUTTS,R. (1977). AN ECOLOGICAL SURVEY OF BRISBANE
PARKS. GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY RESEARCH REPORT 7/77 PP 38-40.

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