4000 hectares of bushland creating a sustainable BNE

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced today that a record 400 hectares of native bushland has been purchased by Council over the past two years, bringing the total land acquired under the city’s Bushland Acquisition program to 4,000 hectares.

Cr Quirk said that Council’s Bushland Acquisition program, which started in 1990, had delivered some of Brisbane’s most popular bushland areas, including the Karawatha Forest, Brisbane Koala Bushlands and Tinchi Tamba Wetlands, securing the sites for future generations to explore and enjoy.

“Council is committed to a clean, green and sustainable Brisbane, and bushland acquisition is one of the ways we are keeping Brisbane liveable and sustainable long into the future,” Cr Quirk said.

“Large areas of the Mt Coot-tha Forest, Toohey Forest, Belmont Hills and Chermside Hills were all in private ownership until Council proactively purchased the sites, to prevent future development.

“In 2016 I announced that Council would fast-track 10 years of bushland purchase into four years, acquiring 750 hectares of environmentally significant natural areas for public ownership.

“All of the land chosen for purchase contributes to the rich tapestry of Brisbane’s ecology, with acquired sites including freshwater and wetland habitats, koala movement corridors or locations with rare and endangered plants and animals.

“So far this financial year, Council has secured 25 hectares of bushland, with several sites expected to come into public ownership by mid-year, including new properties at Keperra and Burbank that will adjoin previously acquired bushland.”

Cr Quirk said that in addition to purchasing the land, Council had invested in rehabilitation and reforestation of purchased sites to ensure they would be home to a wide variety of native animals.

“Over the past two years, 40 hectares of natural habitat has been rehabilitated with 52,000 trees, to restore vegetation that had been cleared while the land was in private ownership,” he said.

“Following restoration, much of the land has been made accessible to the public for recreation activities as conservation reserves, providing opportunities for hiking, bushwalking, cycling, trail bike riding and learning at environmental centres.

“Council is committed to creating more leisure and lifestyle opportunities for Brisbane residents, with more chances to enjoy Brisbane’s unique natural environment.”

Council’s Bushland Acquisition Program is funded through the Bushland Preservation Levy.

For more information on the Bushland Acquisition Program visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] MARCH 20, 2018