Council land purchase continues conservation corridor
  • Saturday 01 November 2008

Sunshine Coast Council today purchased a 20 hectare property near the junction of the Maroochy River and Coolum Creek.

This lot complements Council’s purchase of two adjoining parcels of land for conservation purposes earlier this year and continues its strategic approach to major waterway revegetation and rehabilitation.

Environment Portfolio Councillor, Keryn Jones said the new land adds to an existing network of environment levy funded conservation areas that protect important coastal wallum, paperbark wetlands and rainforest remnants.

“The new parcel of land adds to a nationally significant wallum corridor that extends from Noosa in the region’s north to the Pumicestone Passage in the south,” Cr Jones said, “and could provide an important pathway for the native birds and animals to move through.”

Cr Jones said the land purchase also met Council’s sustainable and social objectives as well as its commitment to the environment.

“The growing area under conservation is also a wonderful opportunity to develop recreation and eco-tourism initiatives in conjunction with the Maroochy River Recovery program and the State Government funded Maroochy River Trail.”

The land was purchased using Environment Levy (Central) funds from this financial year.

Environment Levy funds support a range of programs including Land for Wildlife and Biodiversity Partnerships, both designed to assist landholders conserve privately owned land that has significant biodiversity values.

For more information on Council’s land acquisition program or other environment levy projects, contact Customer Service on 5475 7272.