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Joint Media Release
The Hon. Dr Sharman Stone MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
&
The Hon Mr David Jull MP
Federal Member for Fadden

19 August 2004

$90,000 Australian Government support for Guanaba Indigenous Protected Area


The home of 28 species of rare, threatened or culturally significant fauna in South East Queensland is to be conserved with $90,000 from the Australian Government for the Guanaba Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Heritage, congratulated the Ngarang Wal Gold Coast Aboriginal Association Inc. for its efforts in protecting and conserving the Guanaba IPA for its natural and cultural values.

"The area is a diverse complex of ten ecosystems, and is part of the stronghold for many species that are endangered or vulnerable including Fleay's Barred Frog and the Long-nosed Potoroo," Dr Stone said.

"The Guanaba IPA comprises 99 hectares of forested land and is composed of mostly original vegetation of the Mount Tamborine escarpment, which has significant biological value. Weed control, fire control, and road and track maintenance are the focus of this IPA.

"In the past 12 months close to five hectares of land at Guanaba has been cleared of weeds including Lantana, Mist weed and Paspalum, and revegetated. A number of culturally significant native species have increased as a result including the Rough-shell Macadamia Macadamia Tetraphylla and the Blue Quondong Alaeocarpus Grandis .

"The Kombumerri people are committed to ensuring the protection of this IPA from development and undertook training last year in weed and fire control to continue the important work of protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of this property."

Dr Stone praised Mr David Jull, Federal Member for Fadden on his ongoing support and commitment to Green Corps projects.

Mr Jull said the property is increasingly being used for cultural activities by the Ngarang Wal Elders.

"The Guanaba IPA is being managed primarily for conservation. One of the aims is to maintain the harmonious interaction between nature and culture, and the continuation of traditional uses," Mr Jull said.

"It is a tribute to the Koombumerri people and their determination to restore the natural beauty of this property and ensure a haven for their Elders."

The Indigenous Protected Areas program is a part of the $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust, the largest ever commitment by an Australian Government to environmental management and sustainable agriculture.

" Indigenous landowners are being supported through the IPA program to manage their lands and protect the natural and cultural features in accordance with internationally recognised guidelines for the benefit of all Australians," Dr Stone said.

"Over eight years, the IPA program has added 13.8 million hectares of unique ecosystems to the National Reserve System."

For further information on Indigenous Protected Areas, see the Australian Government's Department of the Environment and Heritage web site at www.deh.gov.au/indigenous/ipa

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