Thursday, April 25, 2024

Logan secures 5th conservation plot

Logan City Council has purchased a 27.4 hectare bushland property on Spring Mountain Drive at Greenbank to be conserved as an environmental park.

The land is between Tully Reserve and Spring Mountain Forest Park South, which Council secured last year – also for conservation.

Council says the latest conservation property has significant stands of healthy native vegetation and wildlife sightings have been recorded. Koalas, the barred-cuckoo shrike, wedge-tailed eagles and greater gliders have been spotted on, or near, the property.

It secured the property ahead of the City of Logan Natural Environment Strategy 2021- 2031 being adopted at last week’s Ordinary Council meeting.

The new strategy outlines Council’s environmental priorities over the next decade and sets out a clear plan of action to enhance and preserve natural areas.

Environment Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said the strategy was developed in line with community feedback.

“Protecting our natural environment is vital to the health of the local ecosystems in which we live, work and play,” Cr Raven said.

“You only have to look at the huge amount of engagement with Council’s environmental events and surveys to see how our community values its natural spaces.

“This new strategy will be an important guide for Council as we work to protect, enhance, connect and celebrate our natural environment, while also balancing ongoing development in our city.”

Division 11 Councillor, Natalie Willcocks said the new land reserve was another green jewel in the City of Logan’s sustainability crown.

“This beautiful piece of land will never be developed but will serve as a wonderful environmental asset for our community for years to come,” Cr Willcocks said.

“The property will enable the expansion of recreational trails in the area, providing residents with another way to appreciate and enjoy our bushland.

“Importantly, the property is also earmarked as core koala habitat and provides another important link for wildlife to move freely through the Spring Mountain area.”

The Spring Mountain Drive property was purchased using funds from the Environmental Levy.

The acquisition of the property also follows Council’s purchase of four key parcels of environmental land in October last year.

Two properties in Buccan, one in Tamborine and another in Slacks Creek were purchased for conservation and to help provide important connections for wildlife in the region.

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