Always was, always will be Jinibara country Elder - Aunty Edna Lourey

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is situated within Jinibara country.

In 2012 the Jinibara Traditional Owners, had their rights formally asserted by the Native Title Tribunal across the Maleny area, as well as parts of the adjacent Glass House Mountains, Somerset, Moreton Bay and Brisbane Council areas.

Council proudly acknowledges the Jinibara People's heritage and ongoing connection to country.

We pay respect to elders past, present and emerging.

Protecting our forest

You will come across plenty of the animals in the reserve. We recommend not to get too close as this may provoke them. Feeding animals in the reserve is also not allowed.

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How was the reserve protected in recent history?
Settler exploitation and then preservation

European settlement may have brought timber getters to exploit the giant hardwoods of the Maleny plateau.  But thanks to the vision and generosity of one family, the Thynne sisters, this rainforest was protected from development and shall continue to be a habitat oasis in the landscape.

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