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Expressions of interest for an Educational Nature Reserve on the Sunshine Coast

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Sharon Grant
47 Malones Road

Total Signatures - 879

Sponsoring Member: Steve Dickson MP

Posting Date: 27/01/2017

Closing Date: 24/02/2017

Tabled Date: 28/02/2017

Responded By: Hon Dr Anthony Lynham MP on 3/04/2017

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House expressions of interest for an Educational Nature Reserve. The land between Kunda Park and Forest Glen alongside Maroochydore Rd and bordering Eudlo Creek is currently under appeal for use as sand mine/extractive industry after Council refused MCU in October. Should the land become available, proposal would be to revegetate the site as close as possible to original state, to be used as an Educational Nature Reserve for all people to study flora/fauna in natural settings. Centrally located, enabling day trips for environmental studies and easily accessible by all schools. Abundant wildlife; platypus, some unique to floodplain areas, endangered native water mouse, Wallum froglet, mapped as living in this area, and under nation recovery plans. Linking land with surrounding conservation areas promotes, protects, extends habitats of rare, endangered and near threatened species, increasing long term biodiversity of area, protecting Eudlo Creek, Maroochy River and declared fish habitat, whilst providing a valuable learning resource for future generations of the Sunshine Coast.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to recognise there is an overriding public interest for alternative use of land and refuse the application for amendment to State Planning Policy for approval of Key Resource Area 162 Eudlo Creek.