Crows Nest Queensland, The Village in High Country
 

Dingo Mountain Park developed by Crows Nest Community Solutions

Assets

The Toowoomba Field Naturalists Club has records of visits to the area over the last 30 years.

Plants

cliff Dingo Mt park 244x325wDingo Hill preserves a large area of a unique ecosystem type which occurs only on sandstone near Crows Nest. The remnant vegetation includes Eucalyptus fibrosa (Broad-leaved Ironbark) and monitivaga (Blackbutt) woodland.
The vulnerable shrub Leonema obtusifolium occurs in the park.
(Regional ecosystems present in the park include 12-9-10.19 and 12.9-10.20.)

Animals

Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) listed as vulnerable in Queensland have been recorded. Other soecies include Greater Glider, Sugar Glider, Feathertail Glider and Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby.

Geology

The underlying rock is sandstone. Dingo Mountain is visited annually by geology students from the University of Southern Queensland

Waterhole Dingo Mt Park
One of the permanent waterholes.

Cultural

An aboriginal bora ring has been reported in the area, but has not been located.

Future Plans

A number of development projects are being considered, including:

  • A picnic area with shade, seating and a composting toilet at the piggery site.
  • Parking and a 140 person assisted living facility in Chasely Park.
  • Walking tracks - one to be the Dumba-Kunga-Mi Track.
  • Preservation of historical artefacts.
  • Formation of a Friends of Dingo Mountain Park group to assist Crows Nest Community Solutions develop and care for Dingo Mountain Park.

Crows Nest Community Solutions (CNCS) is a public company limited by guarantee that was set up by Progressive Community Crows Nest (PCCN) , the public company limited by guarantee that jointly owns the Heritage Crows Nest and Highfields Community Branches with Heritage Bank.

It is a registered charity able to organise community fund-raising efforts. The members of CNCS must be continuing Directors of PCCN. CNCS owns Dingo Mountain Park. 

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Location

Entrance: Chasely Park, Creek St, Crows Nest, Qld Map

 

Dingo Mountain Parklands Description

In early 2018, Crows Nest Community Solutions (CNCS), a division of Progressive Community Crows Nest, acquired 45 hectares (110 acres) of private land on the eastern outskirts of Crows Nest. The land is between Dingo Mountain Road and Three Mile Road, and includes Dingo Mountain, which has been almost untouched by man both before and after European settlement. It is separated from the town by Bald Hills Creek and Crows Nest Creek.



Since then CNCS has bought from the Toowoomba Regional Council  the balance of Chasely Park between Applegum Walk and the housing estate. They have also acquired a lease over the Police Paddock from the Qld Government (owned or leased areas bounded in yellow; other reserves in green).

Dingo Mountain Park is neighbour to other conservation areas: Hartmann Park to the west, and the Bungaree section of Crows Nest National Park north of the Police Paddock.

The total reserve area is over 120 hectares.

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Dingo Mountain contours Dingo Mountain

The contour map shows Dingo Mountain 585 metres above sea level, with the lowest land along Bald Hills Creek, dropping from 520 m down to 510 m along Crows Nest Creek where it meets Old Womans Hut Creek and enters Bungaree. 



History 

Pre-settlement

Aborigines from the east traversed the park on their way to the triennial Bunya Feasts in the Bunya Mountains, when trading took place between tribes, marriages were arranged, and disputes settled. In language, the track over the range was Dumba-Kunga-Mi.

Early settlement

In 1848 James Canning Pearce had a pastoral run in the area. No record exists of why he used the name Crows Nest for the run.

Timber-getters were attracted to the area, but little logging took place in the park area.

The town of Crows Nest was surveyed in 1887.

The lower areas of the park were used for grazing and cropping, and a free-range piggery was established. The pigs were fed with whey piped down from the butter factory in Crows Nest.

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