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South Stradbroke and other Bay Islands

South Stradbroke Island is the southern most of the four largest sand islands. This island runs from the south of Brisbane to the northern end of the Gold Coast. Also, the smaller sand islands of Moreton Bay are included in this Category.

 

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Island Ecosystems

 

What ecosystem functions does South Stradbroke and other Bay Islands perform?

 

Moreton Bay is the creation of mainland SEQ to the west and numerous sand islands on its east.

 

More Information is soon to come 

 

Table 1 below presents the relative magnitude South Stradbroke and other Bay Islands perform different ecosystem functions (relative to other ecosystems) in SEQ.

 

Table 1:The relative magnitude (to other Ecosystem Reporting Categories) South Stradbroke and other Bay Islands perform each ecosystem function.

Ecosystem Function Category Ecosystem Function 0
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Regulating Functions
Gas Regulation            
Climate Regulation            
Disturbance Regulation            
Water Regulation            
Soil Retention            
Nutrient Regulation            
Waste Treatment and Assimilation            
Pollination            
Biological Control            
Barrier Effect of Vegetation            
Supporting Functions
Supporting Habitats            
Soil Formation            
Provisioning Functions
Food            
Raw Materials            
Water Supply            
Genetic Resources            
Provision of Shade and Shelter            
Pharmacological Resources            
Cultural Functions
Landscape Opportunity            
  

 

What types of ecosystems are on South Stradbroke and the other Bay Islands?

The map to the right shows the different ecosystems found on the islands. These islands contain ecosystems under the following Ecosystem Reporting Categories: Beaches, Coastal Zone Wetlands, Coral Reefs, Dunes, Lacustrine Wetlands, Palustrine Wetlands, Parks and Gardens, Pelagic, Regrowth, Residential Gardens, Riverine Wetlands, Rocky Shores, Schlerophyll Forest, Seagrass, Shrubland Woodland. 

 

What is the area and extent of South Stradbroke and other Bay Islands in SEQ?

 

Sunrise over Macleay Island (front), Lamb Island (behind) and North Stradbroke Island (rear).

Sunset brings out the varied colours of Moreton Bay and Karragarra Island.

Links to other publications and websites

South Straddie
GCC Council - South Stradbroke
RC Council - Other Bay Islands
Wikipedia - Other Bay Islands
S. Stradbroke Island Information

South Stradbroke Island and other Bay Islands cover approximately 60 km2, 0.24% of SEQ. The map to the right shows the islands included in this Ecosystem Reporting Category. The islands include South Stradbroke Island, Russel Island, Macley Island and Coochiemudlo Island (other smaller islands are scattered throughout this section of the Bay). The larger islands contain a mix of ecosystems including large areas of residential development.

 

What is the vulnerability of South Stradbroke and other Bay Islands and threats to these ecosystems?

 

More Information is soon to come 

 

 

How do we manage South Stradbroke and the other Bay Islands?

 

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