FANTASTIC NEWS November 2016
This campaign led to an improved road design & the protection of the forest.
Thank you to Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Mark Bailey MP for Yeerongpilly & Steven Miles MP for their roles in bringing about this innovative road design which reduced the road footprint in Beerwah State Forest from over 75ha down to 6-8ha, and their part in transitioning the 744ha of Beerwah State Forest to National Park.
If you want to know how this campaign achieved this outcome please refer to the Successful Campaigning tab.
REDUCTION OF THE ROAD INTERCHANGE FOOTPRINT:
Caloundra Road Interchange footprint in to Beerwah State Forest was reduced down to 6 to 8 ha plus a commitment was made by DTMR to do their best to save the very old habitat trees in the remaining footprint.
THE FOREST WAS TRANSITIONED TO 744.558HA OF NATIONAL PARK
On 2nd November 2016 a motion was passed in Queensland State Parliament to transition 744.558ha of Beerwah Forest to National Park.
OFFSET LAND AND EFFECTIVE WILDLIFE MOVEMENT STRUCTURES PLANNED
Three areas have been allocated as offset land:
50 ha at Glenview,
16.64 ha along Mooloolah River east near the Mooloolah River NP,
4.65 ha in Mooloolah Valley
a total of 71.29 ha.
What still needs to be done?
The following DTMR commitments need to be upheld:
effective wildlife movement structures need to be put in place
the land tenure of the offset areas needs to be secured e.g. given Nature Refuge status under the Nature Conservation Act asap.
some of the offset areas need to be revegetated effectively
take a 'virtual walk' in this forest
Interactive map of the interchange area
BIG THANKS FOR WHAT YOU DID:
The following requests were made from 2013 TO 2016:
The road design to stay out of Beerwah State Forest.
NO approval of revocation of the State Forest tenure.
The forest to be transitioned to National Park so it will be protected forever.
Hon. Mark Bailey
Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
(07) 3848 4410
Hon. Dr Steven Miles
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
(07) 3217 7142
Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk
(07) 3372 3207
you wrote to your local papers:
Glasshouse Country and Maleny News - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunshine Coast Daily - http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/contact/feedback/
you got involved through the facebook group.
you attended some of the campaigns and rallies.
you walked in the forest.
This forest is home to koalas, glossy black cockatoos, giant barred frogs, Richmond birdwing butterflies, Coxen fig parrots, Wallum froglets and other vulnerable declining frog and butterfly species.
We used petitions and community support to demand a better design for the interchange and to restore the plan to protect this forest as a National Park.