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    Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    East Trinity land declared “environmental reserve”

    Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Thursday, August 17, 2006

    East Trinity land declared “environmental reserve”

    Cairns’ green backdrop – East Trinity – has been officially gazetted as a Reserve for Environmental Purposes, Environment Minister Desley Boyle announced today.

    Ms Boyle said the new designation gave the site a higher level of protection and paved the way for eco-tourism.

    “This is a very important step that my government has taken to protect East Trinity – other governments might not agree,” Ms Boyle said.

    “There are those who see this land as suitable for development and I make it really plain today that as long as the Beattie Government is in government, East Trinity will not be developed.

    “I call on the new leader of the Liberal party and the Liberal candidate for Cairns to endorse this action and to confirm they would not, in government, overturn the designation in the future for development,” she said.

    Ms Boyle - also Member for Cairns - said: “The blanket of green across Trinity Inlet is part of what makes Cairns so unique. It is a terrific opportunity for eco-tourism just a short boat ride from our vibrant CBD.

    “By designating East Trinity as environmental park, we make it much harder for any government of the future that might wish to consider development on site.”

    As a Reserve for Environmental Purposes under the Land Act 1994, the 775ha East Trinity site will continue to be managed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

    “It will be able to be used for tourism and community purposes that are environmentally-sustainable,” Ms Boyle said.

    “The State Government bought the entire 940ha East Trinity site in 2000 to protect the Cairns Scenic Rim from development,” she said.

    “In 2005, the hillslopes were added to Grey Peaks National Park and the State Government has done extensive work to address the acid sulfate problems on the lower part of the site.

    “As many people saw at the recent Open Day, work so far has been very successful. Mangroves and wild grasses have regrown and jabirus are moving back onto the site.

    “We have committed an additional $2.5million to continue that work,” she said.

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