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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
27 May 2005
Brooklyn Station - the site of some of Australia's richest and most diverse wildlife - will be protected with $4.5 million from the Australian Government, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today.
"Brooklyn Station in Queensland's wet tropics is a jewel of Australia's biodiversity," Senator Campbell said.
"Stretching from some of the region's highest mountains to the Einasleigh Uplands, its 60,000 hectares contain an enormously diverse range of environments. More than 290 of Australia's bird species are found there, including the endangered Buff-breasted Button quail, which is endemic to north-eastern Queensland.
"It's for this reason that Brooklyn Station has been identified as a priority for protection under the Australian Government's Maintaining Biodiversity Hotspots Programme."
"With $4.5 million under this programme, we have formed a partnership with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy to buy Brooklyn Station and protect it forever."
Brooklyn Station contains the only known occurrences of Bunya Pines in north Queensland. Other species endemic to the area include the Mareeba Rock Wallaby and the endangered northern Spotted-tailed Quoll. The vulnerable Red Goshawk has nested on the property. It has virgin Red Mahogany forest, essential to the survival of the vulnerable north Queensland Yellow-bellied Glider.
The $36 million hotspots programme was announced by the Prime Minister in August 2004. It aims to improve conservation of national biodiversity hotspots on private and leasehold land by funding the purchase of outstanding properties, such as Brooklyn, and by assisting private landholders in hotspot regions to improve the condition of their bush.
Other initiatives funded under the programme include the $1.5 million Mt Lofty initiative and the $6 million Daintree initiative.
Further information is available at http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/hotspots/programme
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