Locals Offer Land for Koala Habitat

04/11/2012

Landowners across the Moreton Bay Region have shown overwhelming support for the Newman Government's Koala Habitat Program.

The Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said the government had received over 150 applications from landowners who were interested in selling their land for koala habitat with 19 expressions received from the Moreton Bay Region.

"The Newman Government is committed to protecting Queensland's koala population and having enough land set aside for protected koala habitat is an important part of that."

"Expressions of interest will now be competitively assessed against a range of criteria, with suitability of habitat being the main focus."

"The Newman Government will spend $22.5 million on koala habitat in South East Queensland as part of our Investing in our Koalas policy."

Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, Member for Kallangur, also reminded local koala organisations of the grants currently available for koala rescue organisations.

"The Newman Government are investing a further $800,000 in koala rescue and rehabilitation services and have committed $3.2 million to disease research."

"I urge all local koala rescue groups to apply for the grants currently on offer."

"This is part of the government's Six Month Action Plan and shows we are serious about protecting our koala populations after years of neglect by Labor."

For more information visit www.ehp.qld.gov.au