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    Environment and Resource Management
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    More protection delivered for Koalas

    Environment and Resource Management
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Wednesday, April 06, 2011

    More protection delivered for Koalas

    More protection delivered for Koalas

    More than 32 hectares of koala habitat will be protected under new partnerships with private landholders announced by Environment Minister Kate Jones today.

    Ms Jones said the announcement of six new Koala Nature Refuges across South East Queensland is a major boost to koala protection efforts in the region.

    “These refuges are the result of agreements between members of our community and the government to protect important areas of koala habitat,” Ms Jones said.

    “The creation of more koala nature refuges not only boosts our ability to protect and manage the population in South East Queensland, but also helps the ongoing survival of koalas in the future.

    “These properties on private land will be voluntary gazetted as nature refuges with landholders receiving funding to rehabilitate the area.

    “Our government is providing a package of more than $174,000 for the landholders to plant new koala food trees, remove weeds and barb-wire fences and install koala friendly fencing.”

    The properties declared Koala Nature Refuges are:

    ·Moreton Bays Boys College Nature Refuge, Manly West (5 hectares)

    ·Gumnut Nature Refuge, Mount Sampson Road, Mount Sampson (2.3 hectares)

    ·Keurong Nature Refuge, Kallangur (2 hectares)

    ·Jilumbar Koala Nature Refuge, adjoining Maleny National Park (13.3 hectares)

    ·Tir Na Crann Koala Nature Refuge, west of Ipswich (8 hectares)

    ·Yaniguban Nature Refuge, north of Dayboro (2.2 hectares)

    Ms Jones said these six Koala Nature Refuges brings the total amount of land protected as koala nature refuge in South East Queensland to 100 hectares.

    “These refuges build on the strong action our government is taking to boost koala habitat in South East Queensland.

    “We are investing $55 million on a whole of government Koala Response Strategy, to secure more habitat and also protect koalas in existing areas.

    “These were the key recommendations of the independent Koala Taskforce, which advised that our priorities should be habitat protection and expansion.

    “We have set some ambitious targets for koala protection, but we are serious about ensuring the survival of koalas in South East Queensland for years to come.”

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