Council delivers on land protection
  • Wednesday 04 April 2012

Sunshine Coast Council has purchased 46 hectares of conservation land at West Woombye to help ensure the long-term health of the Coast’s habitat.

The new reserve connects with existing reserves, the Triunia National Park and other council Environmental Reserves, bringing the total protected network in this area to 128 hectares.

Acting Manager for Environment Policy, Robyn Douglas said protecting the region’s core habitat area is one of the key actions identified in the Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy 2012-2012.

"Purchasing this parcel of land has created a much larger protected habitat area," Ms Douglas said.

"This will ensure that the area will continue to support a diverse range of native plants and animals into the future and strengthen its resilience to disturbance.

"This is the second acquisition in six months, with 101 hectares of land recently purchased in Landsborough to protect a variety of habitats including eucalypt forest, wetland and healthland."

This purchase is one of the many key conservation projects funded by the Environment Levy.

Other levy projects this year include:

  • a new Backyard Biodiversity module for council’s web-based Living Smart Program;
  • the development of Sunshine Coast’s first Biodiversity Report Card;
  • the ongoing rehabilitation of our coastal foreshore from Kings Beach (Happy Valley) to Sunrise Beach;
  • large scale rehabilitation of the riparian stretches in Mooloolah River catchment;
  • landholder environment grants to private landholders to undertake natural resource management activities on their property; and
  • one year and three year partnerships with 17 community environmental groups within the region.

For further information, search ‘Environment Levy’ on council’s website.