Cr Hungerford - Buderim Forest conservation network grows
  • Wednesday 24 October 2018

I was delighted to recently unveil that council had secured a record nine properties for future generations, covering 405 hectares of the Sunshine Coast, as part of our Environment Levy Land Acquisition Program.

Located across the Maroochy, Mooloolah and Mary river catchments, the newly acquired properties increase council’s environment reserve network to more than 6900 hectares.

Locally, we have been able to expand the Buderim Forest Bushland Reserve by a further four hectares thanks to the acquisition of a property on Brecon Crescent.

This is in addition to the two significant parcels of land purchased in 2016/17 – comprising 4.8 hectares in the heart of Buderim acquired from the Stella Maris Catholic Parish adjoining Buderim Village Park and 27.5 hectares of eucalypt and rainforest habitat in the foothills of Buderim, on Crosby Hill Rd.

The Brecon Crescent property protects a diversity of ecosystems including critically endangered Lowland Rainforest and Eucalypt Tall Open Forest and contributes to a key biodiversity corridor linking the Buderim Forest Network and Mooloolah National Park.

The threatened Richmond birdwing butterfly, tusked frog, koala and the vulnerable powerful owl also call this property home.

Buderim Village Park update

Meanwhile to make visiting one of our most beloved green open spaces quicker, easier and more convenient, I’m pleased to advise Stage 7 of Buderim Village Park Master Plan is now complete with 35 new sealed carparks.

There have also been further landscaping and beautification works undertaken to complement the new amphitheatre and amenities building.

Remembrance Day at Foote Sanctuary

A quick reminder that the Buderim Foote Sanctuary holds a special Remembrance Day ceremony every year on November 11.

The existence of the unique war memorial sanctuary is not widely known outside of Buderim. It’s an area of nine hectares of rainforest and native bushland, known to support 272 native flora species, more than 100 species of birds and a range of large mammals and swamp wallabies.

 

(First published in Buderim Chronicle on October 18, 2018)