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    Environment and Resource Management
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Landowners invited to help protect South East Queensland’s koalas

    Environment and Resource Management
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    Landowners invited to help protect South East Queensland’s koalas

    Environment Minister Kate Jones today announced $4 million for round two of the Bligh Government’s Koala Nature Refuge program, aimed at helping landholders to play their part in protecting koala habitat.

    Ms Jones said eligible landholders in South East Queensland are invited to apply for funding to rehabilitate land in key koala habitat areas, to boost conservation efforts across the region.

    “This program provides a great opportunity for landholders to personally contribute to preserving koala habitat for future generations,” Ms Jones said.

    “Our government established this program because we know that the community can play an important role in preserving koala habitat, alongside the substantial efforts of our Government and local councils.

    “Property owners with land in koala mapped areas are invited to nominate their land as potential koala nature refuge, and if suitable, we will offer financial assistance to rehabilitate that land for koala habitat.”

    Ms Jones said the priority areas targeted under round two are within Pine Rivers and Koala Coast (primarily Redlands) as well as properties within the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich and Gold Coast regions. The land should be more than two hectares and classified as high or medium value land suitable for rehabilitation into koala habitat bushland.

    “Landholders seeking nature refuge status can apply for funding for rehabilitation activities such as planting new koala food trees, removing weeds and installing koala friendly fencing, as well as associated management costs,” she said.

    “This is about working with landholders to ensure important koala habitat is preserved and managed for the future.

    “We already have 100 hectares of land protected in South East Queensland under the koala nature refuge program alone.

    “This is in addition to land the government has purchased or protected for koala habitat as part of our $55 million whole of government Koala Response Strategy.

    “The independent Koala Taskforce advised that our priorities should be habitat protection and expansion and we are acting on those recommendations.

    “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.”

    Maps outlining land in koala mapped areas are available at www.derm.qld.gov.au

    For nature refuge applications or expressions of interest in selling property, contact the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) on 3330 5359 or 1300 130 372 or email koala.refuges@derm.qld.gov.au  

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