- Thursday 29 December 2016
The Sunshine Coast’s conservation estate has received a boost with the purchase of additional bushland in the heart of Buderim through the Environment Levy Land Acquisition Program.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said a 4.8 hectare portion was the last of four acquisitions made through the Environment Levy this year, with more than 100 hectares purchased in 2016.
“This acquisition demonstrates council’s ongoing commitment to protect and enhance our natural environment,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Through the Environment Levy, council has allocated approximately $9.3 million in conservation projects designed to maintain, and improve, the biodiversity our region.”
“Together with our recent purchase at Crosby Hill Road, this property acquired from the Stella Maris Catholic Parish will expand the Buderim Forest Bushland Reserve Network by approximately 30 hectares.
“Protecting environmentally significant land and connecting habitat corridors are an important part of a strategic approach that ensures we get the balance right when it comes to offering the desirable lifestyle the Sunshine Coast is renowned for, while protecting our natural environment.”
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Buderim bushland area is considered to be one of the most important urban bushland areas in South East Queensland due to its unique geological land forms, biodiversity and proximity to the coast.
“It’s no secret that the hard work starts once properties such as these have been purchased, which is why council also allocates funding to the establishment and ongoing management of our environmental reserves through the Environment Levy Program.”
Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said he was very pleased to be able to protect more land within Buderim for conservation and for the benefit of the community.
“In addition to protecting a priority rainforest vegetation and providing significant environmental outcomes, this site is also an excellent extension of the Buderim Village Park area,” Cr Hungerford said.
“We know the residents of Buderim appreciate the amenity of the local area and this purchase ensures the whole community can continue to enjoy spectacular views from the park and make full use of these wonderful facilities.”
Pic: Mayor Mark Jamieson with Fr Joe Duffy from the Stella Maris Catholic Parish