Kumbartcho is a local Aboriginal word for Hoop Pine (Araucaria cunninghamii), the majestic tree that is the focus of Pine Rivers Shire Name, emblem and logo. The abundance of of Hoop Pines attracted early European settlers, first as a source of masts for sailing ships and soon after, for excellent softwood timber.
Original understorey planting is ongoing, with native clumping grasses, Mat Rushes (lomandras), Flax Lilies (Dianella), Ground Berry, Beard Heaths, Broom Heaths, Scrambling Lily, Wombat Berry and Dogwood (Jacksonia). Plants necessary to encourage the return of small native animals, such as fairy wrens, scrub wrens, finches and quail. The permanent water of the lagoon, and the nearby South Pine River serves as an important wildlife corridor.
Bunya Park Wild Life Reserve was a privately owned tourist attraction, established by the Hogan Family in 1968. In the 1980's it had the world's second largest koala colony and rehabilitated sick and orphaned native animals to full recovery. It ceased operations in 1994.
In 1996-97, part of the Bunya Park was subdivided for residential development.
The most environmentally sensitive land was acquired by council for its wildlife habitat and corridor values. Major buildings of Bunya Park now house the