Land purchase to extend Daisy Hill Conservation Park

Published Wednesday, 07 February, 2024 at 12:58 PM

Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Innovation
The Honourable Leanne Linard

Land purchase to extend Daisy Hill Conservation Park

  • The Miles Government has purchased a 213 hectare parcel of land to add to the Daisy Hill Conservation Park. 
  • The land was purchased from a private landholder who had a strong conservation ethic and had envisaged the land would be protected in perpetuity.
  • The property protects the ‘missing link’ of bushland around Kimberley Plateau, consolidating the forests between Daisy Hill Conservation Park and Venman Bushland National Park.

One of Brisbane’s most loved and well patronised urban conservation parks is to be extended with the Miles Government purchasing a 213 hectare parcel of land which will be added to the Daisy Hill Conservation Park.

The land was purchased from a private landholder who had a strong conservation ethic and had envisaged the land would be protected in perpetuity.

The purchased property protects the ‘missing link’ of bushland around Kimberley Plateau, consolidating the forests between Daisy Hill Conservation Park and Venman Bushland National Park.

Located in Brisbane’s southern suburbs, Daisy Hill Conservation Park contains significant habitat for koalas and other wildlife.

The conservation park has an extensive trail network, barbecue and picnic facilities, and caters for a variety of recreational activities including horse riding, mountain biking and bush walking. 

The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation will begin planning for a range of new capital works on the land, including new boundary fences, fire trails and signage. 

It is anticipated the land will formally become part of the protected area estate later in the year.

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister, Leanne Linard:

“The Miles Government is strongly committed to protecting, conserving and expanding areas of high environmental value across the state and the purchase of this land to add to the Daisy Hill Conservation Park demonstrates the government’s commitment.

“Protected areas are crucial in ensuring the future of Queensland’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity and we will continue to grow our protected areas in line with Queensland’s Protected Area Strategy 2020-2030.”

“The 2023/24 State Budget included $30.6 million for land acquisitions to expand our network of protected areas. This investment is part of the historic commitment of $262.5 million made in last year’s budget.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank my colleague, Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni, for his advocacy on behalf of his community for the purchase of this land so it can be protected for future generations.

Quotes attributable to Member for Springwood, Mick de Brenni:

“I have mountain biked, walked, and had picnics here all my life, and more recently helped in bushcare activities at Daisy Hill Conservation Park, so I know how important this is to the entire community. 

“It is a rare thing to see such huge increases to protected areas in urban environments like Springwood, so this will be a massive relief to local residents, and the conservationists who have protected Daisy Hill and Venmans bushland for so long.

“I want to thank Premier Miles for backing this initiative for so many years, from concept, to now putting this high value bushland back in the hands of the people to be protected forever.

Quotes attributable to Daisy Hill natural area volunteers group coordinator Jim Napier:

“This land purchase is great news for local residents and visitors to Daisy Hill Conservation Park, the Daisy Hill Koala Centre, and the Venman Bushland National Park.

“It’s also great news for our native wildlife and the environment.

“As Daisy Hill natural area volunteers group coordinator, I see first hand how much enjoyment visitors to these areas’ recreation facilities and the koala centre get from this unique bushland setting so close to the city.

“Like all Daisy Hill natural area volunteers, I am looking forward to the opening of the newly acquired land.

“It will provide and protect vital wildlife corridors between the Daisy Hill Conservation Park and the Venman Bushland National Park, as well as offer more nature-based recreational opportunities for all to enjoy.”

Explainer/fast fact and or further information:

Video and images of the land acquired are available here.

Information on the Daisy Hill Conservation Park is available here.

More than 14.5 million hectares across Queensland are now protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 in various forms. That’s an area more than twice the size of Tasmania.

Information on the Daisy Hill natural area volunteers is available here.

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