Conservation back on the agenda in Queensland.
Further areas have been added to national and regional parks in Queensland this week – with the total protected area estate now at 13,704,240 ha (7.9% of the state).
NPAQ congratulates the state government for protecting our natural heritage and its commitment to working towards the target of 17% of protected area in Queensland. National parks afford the highest level of protection for our unique wildlife and landscapes, and are the foundation of biodiversity conservation.
Continuing to grow Queensland’s protected area estate, and ensuring that adequate funding is in place to manage these areas, will help to close the large gaps existing in the representation of threatened ecosystems and wildlife in the state. Future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy and marvel at nature’s wonders, just as their forebears did.
Declarations this week include:
o 15.9 ha of cassowary habitat added to Moresby Range National Park (Nth QLD).
o 1,580 ha of unallocated State land containing significant conservation value added to Undara Volcanic Nation Park (Nth QLD).
o 0.2421 ha of former freehold land given to the state for conservation purposes added to Cape Upstart National Park (Nth QLD).
o 33.9 ha of unallocated State land added to Mt Barney National Park, including golden-tipped bat habitat (SEQ).
o 57 ha added to Tewantin National Park (SEQ).
o 3 ha of unallocated State land added to Springbrook National Park (SEQ).
o Amalgamation and renaming of seven parcels of existing regional park into a 26 ha David Fleay Regional Park (SEQ).
o 34 ha dedicated as Noosa Regional Park 1 (SEQ).
o 67.7 ha dedicated as Dinden Regional Park (Nth QLD).
o 369 ha of land donated by local conservationists to protect the endangered plan Decaspermum struckoilicum was added to Bouldercombie Gorge Regional Park 1 (Central QLD).
Plus the previously announced:
o 38,402 former regional park added to Currawinya National Park, including significant wildlife corridor, and creek catchments that flow into Ramsar-listed lake systems (SW QLD).
o 586.6 ha added to Lamington National Park, incorporating a range of biodiversity values and linking two sections of the park (SEQ).
These new declarations follow the major boost to the protected area estate in late 2015, with the declaration of the three new national parks and six new regional parks, and the extension of existing national parks – a total of 297,587.30780 ha. These properties were purchased by the Bligh Government under the National Reserve System with joint Federal (2/3) and State government (1/3) funding for nearly $27 million, but remained un-gazetted under the Newman Government.
These properties are located in regions with few national parks and provide habitat for endangered species, recently identified plant species and amazing landscapes:
o 19,239 ha of unallocated State land (formerly the Bedourie property) declared as Expedition National Park (Central QLD).
o 79,444.78 ha of unallocated State land declared as Littleton National Park (Far Nth QLD).
o 118,500 ha of unallocated State land declared as Rungulla National Park (Far Nth QLD, NW QLD).
o 69,273 unallocated State land (formerly the Wairuna property) added to Girringun National Park (Far Nth QLD).
o 11,139,527 ha of unallocated State land (formerly Aspey / Badgery / 12 Mile properties) added to Wondul Range National Park (Darling Downs).
o 6,892 ha of unallocated State land (formerly part of the Wairuna property) declared as Girringun Regional Park 1 (Far Nth QLD).
o 335 ha of unallocated State land (formerly part of the Wairuna property) declared as Girringun Regional Park 2 (Far Nth QLD).
o 2,046.007 of unallocated State land declared as Belmah Regional Park (Central Highlands).
o 48,622.6 ha of unallocated State land (formerly The Canyon property) declared as Canyon Regional Park (Far Nth QLD).
o 155.22 ha of unallocated State land declared as Littleton Regional Park (Far Nth QLD).
o 11,007.45 ha of unallocated State land declared as Rungulla Regional Park (Far Nth QLD, NW QLD).
o 129.9 ha of unallocated State land (formerly the Bedourie property) added to Expedition Regional Park (Central QLD).
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