Koalas, possums and wallabies say thanks
  • Tuesday 09 August 2011

Imagine the scene; you’re living in a dense forest. You’re protected from harm but you’ve run out of food, the girls are all taken and there isn’t a spare tree in sight.

Legend has it, there’s food, mates and trees in the next forest, but to get there it’s a two day hike across a wide open plain. Would you stay, starving and lonely or take a chance and run?

Fragmented landscapes are causing this quandary for creatures and critters right across the Coast and that’s where Sunshine Coast Council’s environment levy comes in. Council strategically purchases blocks of land that join previously fragmented core habitats to build strong resilient landscapes.

Last week, council made its biggest, most significant land purchase since amalgamation – over 500 acres (213 ha) in the Obi Obi behind Montville.

The block will form a protected link between the Maleny National Park and the Kondalilla National Park.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Keryn Jones said there is a mix of remnant and regrowth vegetation on the blocks providing habitat for fauna, with cleared areas also providing foraging opportunities.

"Securing this green infrastructure link now will certainly provide greater long-term security for the many plant and animal species in the area.

"We’ve had our eye on this piece of land for sometime, so now it’s settled, we can begin the process of rehabilitating the block to strengthen the natural bridge between the National Parks."

Environment Policy Manager Stephen Skull said building strong resilient landscapes is a key focus of the Sunshine Coast Council Biodiversity Strategy 2010 – 2020.

"We want our environment to be in the strongest possible position," Mr Skull said.

"In the same way that fit and healthy people are more able to withstand accidents and health scares, resilient ecosystems are more able to withstand threats," Mr Skull said.

"We’ll now begin the process of re-building this block, restoring native vegetation and in turn its natural strength."

Since amalgamation, council’s environment levy has purchased over 775 acres, (430ha) of core habitat to forever be protected.