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    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Queensland adds more than 11,000 ha to national parks

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Thursday, October 29, 2015

    Queensland adds more than 11,000 ha to national parks

    Queensland has added 11,293 hectares to its national park estate with the upgrading today (29 October) of 12 forest reserves, in whole or in part, to national park status.

    Environment and National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles said Queensland currently had 8.74 million hectares protected within more than 300 national parks.

    “Queensland has some of the most incredible natural environments in the world. We want to preserve them for future generations to explore and enjoy,” Dr Miles said.

    “National parks preserve the best of our natural heritage like spectacular landscapes and extraordinary wildlife.

    “They also deliver invaluable economic, social, cultural and health benefits for Queensland and Australia.

    “Combined with other protected areas, such as regional parks and reserves, and over four million hectares of private lands declared as nature refuges, some eight per cent of Queensland is now part of our protected area estate.

    “We are committed to increasing this to 17 per cent.

    “We are also re-committing to transferring forests of high conservation value to protected areas such as national parks.

    “Unlike the previous LNP government who withdrew from the South East Queensland Forest Agreement and shifted as many forest reserves back to state forest as they could, leaving those areas open to mining and development,” he said.

    Dr Miles said the 12 forest reserves and the national parks they became were:

     

    • Bulburin East Forest Reserve, 1,695 ha in size, located near Bundaberg and now part of Bulburin National Park

     

    • Cardwell Forest Reserve, 45 ha in size, located near Cardwell and now part of Girringun National Park

     

    • Danbulla Forest Reserve, 17 ha in size, located near Cairns and now part of Danbulla National Park

     

    • Part of Danbulla South Forest Reserve, 614 ha in size, located near Atherton and now part of Danbulla National Park

     

    • Part of Danbulla South Forest Reserve 2, 468 ha in size, located near Atherton and now part of Danbulla National Park

     

    • Part of Danbulla West Forest Reserve, 2,136 ha in size, located near Atherton and now part of Danbulla National Park

     

    • Part of Dryander Forest Reserve, 1,355 ha in size, located near Proserpine and now part of Dryander National Park

     

    • Part of Kelvin Forest Reserve, 2,413 ha in size, located near Mackay and now part of Kelvin National Park

     

    • Part of Kuranda Forest Reserve, 1 ha in size, located near Cairns and now part of Kuranda National Park

     

    • Part of Kuranda West Forest Reserve, 306 ha in size, located near Cairns and now part of Kuranda National Park

     

    • Palmerston Forest Reserve, 0.4 ha in size, located near Atherton and now part of Wooroonooran National Park

     

    • Trinity Forest Reserve, 2,243 ha in size, located near Cairns and now part of the Grey Peaks National Park.

     

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