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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Bushland purchase protects Queensland habitat

Media release
19 April 2009

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A private bushland property on Brisbane’s outskirts, home to a number of Queensland koalas, will now be protected forever as part of Australia’s National Reserve System, our nation’s most secure way of protecting native habitat.

Environment Minister Peter Garrett today joined Logan City Mayor Pam Parker to announce the conservation purchase of Logan Escarpment, a 43 hectare property 30 kilometres south of Brisbane’s CBD, now to be managed as part of Cornubia Forest Park.

The Australian Government provided $1.5 million in Caring for our Country funding to help purchase the hilltop property, with Logan City Council providing the balance of $1.2 million.

“As Logan City Council and the local community know, this is a very special bushland property.

“Logan Escarpment is not only home to koalas but also to a range of native species such as the powerful owl, squirrel and greater gliders, swamp wallaby and the endangered Swordgrass brown butterfly.

“By expanding the network of reserves in this area, Logan Escarpment will enhance the connectivity between the Venman Bushland National Park, Daisy Hill Conservation Park and Neville Lawrie Reserve. This whole of landscape conservation network is exactly what we need to help our plants and animals deal with the pressures they face including climate change.”

Logan Mayor, Councillor, Pam Parker said the purchase was the first step in a new conservation relationship between local councils and the Australian Government.

“Together with 10 other South East Queensland local councils, we are working with the Australian Government to identify important bushland to conserve as part of the National Reserve System,” Cr Parker said

“We will be working together to protect local environments for our children and grandchildren. We want to make sure that our communities can enjoy forests like this – to walk through the bush, to picnic, to relax – and to ensure that unique Australian animals such as koalas are protected forever.”

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