New Home for Local Koalas

07/11/2013

Moreton Bay's koala population will soon enjoy a new source of food and new housing, with the Moreton Bay Rail project planting 15,000 habitat trees.

Member for Murrumba Reg Gulley, Member for Kallangur Trevor Ruthenberg and Member for Pine Rivers Seath Holswich said this represents the first stage koala offset tree planting for the Moreton Bay Rail project.

"The planting shows this Government's commitment to protecting the local koala population and minimizing environmental impacts from our vital infrastructure projects," Mr Gulley said.

"The planting is happening on state-owned land at the corner of Wagner and Junction roads in Griffin."

Mr Ruthenberg said the state government secured a further two sites for future planting, making a total of about 120 suitable hectares for koala habitat offset tree planting.

"We're pleased we can work with the community to ensure our native wildlife receives minimal disturbance while we carry out works on this billion-dollar rail project," Mr Ruthenberg said.

Mr Holswich said since the contract was awarded to Thiess Pty Ltd in July, the project team has been hard at work finalising construction design.

"The community will be able to view detailed design plans on the project website in the coming weeks."

Residents and business owners will also be able to find out more at staffed project displays to be held in the coming weeks, and are encouraged to register their interest by subscribing to project updates at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/moretonbayrail.

The $1.147 billion Moreton Bay Rail Link is being jointly funded by the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council.