2,400 ha of plantations retired for koala habitat

Friday 9 Nov 2018

 
The Palaszczuk Government is increasing the protection of vital koala habitat in the Sunshine Coast region, with 2400 hectares of land being protected through a partnership with the Government, Noosa Shire Council, Noosa Parks Association and HQPlantations.

Making the announcement in Noosa on Wednesday, Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said this partnership was the first of its kind in Queensland. “This land is core koala habitat and our partnership will go a long way to protect koala populations in the Noosa area,” Minister Enoch said.

“This AU$3.5 million investment to retire the land from plantation forestry for conservation purposes is being jointly funded by the Department of Environment and Science (DES), Noosa Shire Council and Noosa Parks Association. “The intention is that the land will eventually be gazetted as National Park to make a significant contribution to growing koala populations in the Noosa Shire area.”

Ms Enoch said the area – encompassing Yurol and Ringtail State Forests – was also home to a total of 25 threatened and 3 nearly threatened species, including the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, the Mary River Cod and the giant barred frog. “As the native forests in this area are re-established, this land will become core habitat for koalas,” Ms Enoch said.

Noosa Shire Mayor Tony Wellington said the project is a big win for koalas, the Noosa community and the people of Queensland. “Noosa Council is pleased to be able to work with the State Government, Noosa Parks Association and HQPlantations Pty Ltd to deliver this project,” Mr Wellington said.

“Through this project, HQPlantations are proving themselves to be wonderful corporate citizens, and our local community environment organisation, the Noosa Parks Association, are once again demonstrating their capacity to conceptualise long-term goals.”

Source: Government of Queensland




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