Councillor Linda Harris, birdwatcher John Knight and Tony van Kampen, the council’s natural resources management officer, at Woodland Park yesterday.
Councillor Linda Harris, birdwatcher John Knight and Tony van Kampen, the council’s natural resources management officer, at Woodland Park yesterday. Alistair Brightman

This one's for the birds

ONE HUNDRED bird species – not least the endangered black breasted button quail – will be all the more chirpy this morning after a council decision to secure Woodland Park as an environmentally significant area.

The old pineapple farm off River Heads road has evolved into a pristine wattle tree rainforest over the years and become home to koalas and wallabies, as well as some fine feathered friends of the Hervey Bay birdwatchers group.

“This is one of those land banks the council has been looking at to preserve our environment for future generations,” Mayor Mick Kruger said.

The 16-hectare site is one of three lots bought by the council, using funds raised from the former Hervey Bay City Council’s environment levy.

It adjoins land already bought by the old council.

Further north at Beelbi Creek on the Pialba to Burrum Heads road, the council has bought two adjoining blocks covering 42 hectares.

These include rare flora and “of concern” regional ecosystems and wetland.

Since amalgamation the environment levy has been expanded to provide funding for “a broader range of environmental issues”, still including options to purchase land.

The council is also developing a regional planning scheme and land use strategy which will provide a planning framework for improved protection of significant natural areas.



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