Wanted: Land to Help Protect SEQ Koalas


The Newman Government wants to hear from landowners in south-east Queensland interested in selling properties that could become protected koala habitat.

Mr Seath Holswich said the Government wanted to purchase land identified as suitable for long-term protection and was inviting expressions of interest from property owners.

He said that the State Government is committed to the conservation of koalas and delivering this election commitment demonstrates that.

"The Newman Government has allocated $22.5 million over the next three years to buy land and expand koala habitat in areas where their territory is under significant pressure."

Mr Holswich said the focus of the purchases will be land within the local government areas of Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Redland, Logan, Gold Coast, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Ipswich and Somerset.

"I am keen to see large tracts of Pine Rivers land identified and purchased under this scheme to ensure the ongoing survival of our local koala populations."

"Expressions of interest will be competitively assessed against a range of criteria with habitat being a major focus."

"This is part of our Six Month Action Plan and shows we are serious about the environment and koala protection after years of neglect by Labor."

Mr Holswich said that, wherever possible, the land would also be available to the public for recreational use and increased opportunities for people to see koalas in the wild.

Expressions of interest opened on 14 August and will close on 31 October.

For more information visit: www.ehp.qld.gov.au or telephone (07) 3330 6317.