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    Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    FIRST PROPERTY BOUGHT A WIN FOR KOALAS

    Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    FIRST PROPERTY BOUGHT A WIN FOR KOALAS

    A 7.6 hectare property at Capalaba West has been protected for koalas as part of the Bligh Government’s $15 million Koala Habitat Protection and Rehabilitation Strategy.

    Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones today joined Member for Chatsworth Steve Kilburn and Member for Capalaba Michael Choi to unveil the protected property on Mount Gravatt – Capalaba Road. They also planted the final trees in the first stage of revegetation of the site.

    Ms Jones said the property on Mount Gravatt – Capalaba Road was prime koala habitat next to Tingalpa Reservoir that had been extensively cleared and was recently used for grazing goats.

    “This is the Bligh Government leading by example and acting directly to protect habitat for koalas in South East Queensland,” Ms Jones said.

    “The property was the first in an extensive acquisition and rehabilitation program that would target strategic pieces of land to ensure they either remain bushland or are converted back to bush.

    Mr Killburn said the land at the site was ideal for koalas.

    “Thanks to this initiative it will eventually become an important link to the neighbouring areas that are already protected,” Mr Killburn said.

    Mr Choi said the property was an important first acquisition and the extensive rehabilitation needed to restore it for koalas had already begun.

    “The trees we’ve planted today are the last of 570 koala habitat and food trees that have been planted so far, and this is just the beginning,” he said.

    Ms Jones said the property would also benefit from nearby road upgrades.

    “This new protected property is backed up by significant roadworks along the property being carried out by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to make the area safer for koalas,” she said.

    “Moreton Bay Road is a known hotspot for koala mortality so a fauna movement corridor is being built under the Tingalpa Creek Bridge and fauna exclusion fencing is being put up to keep wildlife off the road as much as possible.”

    The Queensland Government’s Koala Response Strategy includes measures designed to protect and enhance koala habitat but also to make the urban environment safer. These measures include:

    • a $15 million habitat protection and rehabilitation strategy;
    • retrofitting hot-spots on State-controlled main roads with wildlife crossings and underpasses; (Koala taskforce Recommendation)
    • the release of a model local law for councils to help reduce dog attacks on koalas; (Koala Taskforce Recommendation)
    • encouraging people to control dogs on their properties;
    • monitoring the status of koala populations under serious threat; and
    • raising community awareness about how everyone can help protect koalas. (Koala Taskforce Recommendation).


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