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    The Honourable Vicky Darling

    New nature refuge increases koala protection

    The Honourable Vicky Darling

    Friday, September 02, 2011

    New nature refuge increases koala protection

    The launch of a new nature refuge in the Redlands area this weekend will increase the area of protected habitats for south-east Queensland’s vulnerable koala population, Environment Minister Vicky Darling announced today.

    Ms Darling said the 18-hectare Boom-ber-pee Nature Refuge will play a critical role in protecting endangered regional ecosystems and, importantly, koalahabitat.

    The Boom-ber-pee Nature Refuge is the 22nd to be declared by the State Government this year as part of an on-going commitment to achieve 20 million hectares of protected area by 2020.

    “Koalas along with the glossy black-cockatoo are seen regularly on this property which is near or adjacent to several other protected areas, including Cornubia Forest Nature Refuge, Venman Bushland National Park and Logan City Council reserves,” Ms Darling said.

    “This is an important parcel of land for koala habitat protection and of our 22 new nature refuges, 10 are in fact specifically for koala habitat protection, protecting a further 87 hectares in South-east Queensland.

    “Queensland’s Nature Refuges Program tnow has 398 refuges protecting 2.79 million hectares.”

    A nature refuge is a voluntary agreement between a landholder and the government to manage and preserve land with significant conservation values while allowing compatible and sustainable land uses to continue.

    “Landholders with a nature refuge continue to own and manage their land to generate an income but do so while making an invaluable contribution to protecting our natural and cultural resources,” Ms Darling said.

    Landholders whose nature refuges protect koala habitat will collectively receive financial assistance of more than $400,000 through the Koala Nature Refuges Program.

    “These funds will enhance the conservation values of the properties through projects including revegetation with koala habitat and food trees, pest plant control and koala-friendly fencing installation.”

    In addition to Boom-ber-pee, recent Nature Refuge declarations include:

    ·Astrea Nature Refuge – protecting 62,400 ha, 390 km north-west of Cairns

    ·Buderim Forest Nature Refuge – protecting 17 ha, 1 km north-west of Buderim

    ·Butterfly Bog Nature Refuge – protecting 7.3 ha, 23 km south-west of Nambour

    ·Cycadelic Nature Refuge – protecting 4 ha, 17 km west of Nambour

    ·Dilladerri Nature Refuge – protecting 1,847.2 ha, 25 km north-east of Texas

    ·Eagle’s View Nature Refuge – protecting 3,528 ha, 290 km west of Townsville

    ·Gumnut Nature Refuge – protecting 2 ha, 24 km north-west of Brisbane

    ·Gumnut Park Nature Refuge – protecting 4 ha, 23 km west of Nambour.

    ·Keurong Nature Refuge – protecting 2 ha, 30 km north of Brisbane.

    ·Lower Dinner Creek Nature Refuge – protecting 3,866 ha, 150 km south of Longreach

    ·Neil Holloway Reesville Nature Refuge – protecting 15.2 ha, 4 km north-west of Maleny

    ·Rutland Plains Nature Refuge – protecting 233,904 ha, 330 km south of Weipa

    ·Shingle Hut Creek Nature Refuge – protecting 892 ha, 45 km south-west of Ipswich

    ·Strathburn Cattle Station Nature Refuge– protecting 246,000 ha, 221 km south-west of Weipa

    ·Tainsh’s Nature Refuge – protecting 16 ha, 6 km south-west of Noosa

    ·Tir Na Crann Nature Refuge – protecting 8 ha, 10 km south-west of Ipswich

    ·Torwood Nature Refuge – protecting 45,605 ha, 100 km west of Cooktown

    ·Van der Loos Nature Refuge – protecting 4.8 ha, 3 km north-east of Jimboomba

    ·Witta Nature Refuge – protecting 7.3 ha, 7 km north-west of Maleny

    ·Yanigubam Nature Refuge – protecting 2 ha, 16 km south-west of Caboolture

    ·Yarraden Nature Refuge – protecting 118,502 ha, 196 km south-west of Aurukun, Cape York

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