It’s just been announced that Logan City Council has acquired four new pieces of land for key environmental purposes, with two properties in Buccan, one in Tamborine and another in Slacks Creek.
“No one likes to see trees cut down for development which is why protecting properties like these is so important,” Deputy Mayor Jon Raven says, adding that the land purchases were funded from either the Environmental Levy or vegetation offset charges collected from developers.
“Council will make sure these properties are protected and restored as part of the wildlife corridor network across our city.”
Two of the properties located at 923-933 Waterford Tamborine Road and Lot 270 Stegemann Road, Buccan are two adjoining parcels of land that will provide nearly 40 hectares of land suitable for vegetation planting.
Once established, the bushland will provide biodiversity and wildlife connections along Quinzeh Creek and Ooah Creek towards the easterly ranges of Plunkett Conservation Park and Swanborough Reserve.
“These properties have almost 500m of frontage on the Logan River,” Division 4 Councillor Laurie Koranski says, adding that parts of both properties had been identified as potential core koala habitat and are perfect for planting koala habitat trees.
“We can improve the water quality in the river by replanting and restoring native vegetation along the riverbank and eventually provide public access with riverfront trails which I know will excite the local community.”
The property at 1941-1979 Waterford Tamborine Rd, Tamborine will help establish an environmental link between the Birnam Range Conservation area and Yarrabilba. It has natural habitat areas for koalas and glossy black cockatoos as well as areas of endangered remnant vegetation which will be protected and enhanced. The purchase was funded by the Environmental Levy.
“It is important that Council secures properties like this when they become available as they ensure our natural environment will be preserved for the local community for generations to come,” Division 9 Councillor Scott Bannan says.
Lot 6 Pacific Highway at Slacks Creek was purchased with funds from the Environmental Levy, as part of Council’s Slacks Creek Recovery Plan.
“This is a big win to preserve another section of our natural habitat in Slacks Creek. It will create better connections between local cycling and walking paths such as the Greenlink along the edge of the creek,” Division 3 Councillor Mindy Russell says.
Council manages about 5900 hectares of natural areas and recreation parks in addition to another 6000 hectares of private land registered on Council’s environmental partnership programs such as habitat connections, land for wildlife and voluntary conservation agreements.