Environmental reserve for Gin Gin public
Council delighted at Nature Park offer
BUNDABERG Regional Council is delighted at the prospect of a Gin Gin Environmental Reserve
A 17.2 hectare area of pristine bushland near Gin Gin has been offered to the council as an environmental reserve.
At its ordinary meeting, the council agreed to instigate action to enable the land to be dedicated as a reserve for Environmental purposes with the council as Trustee.
Environment and Natural Resources portfolio spokesperson Cr Danny Rowleson said the State owned property, which adjoins Elliott St in Gin Gin, was leased under a Permit to Occupy but the leaseholder wished to surrender the lease to allow the reserve to be created.
He said the occupier has used the area to graze horses for several years but has suggested to the Department of Natural Resources that the permit be cancelled and the land be identified as an Environmental Reserve and handed over to the council.
“This would certainly go a long way to addressing an anomaly that exists in the Kolan area which has no nature park or reserves that can be accessed by residents or visitors,” Cr Rowleson said.
Cr Rowleson said the council’s officers had inspected the site and believes it would prove an ideal addition to the natural areas holding.
“It contains a permanent stream which is a confirmed breeding habitat for platypus and is home to numerous vegetation types as well as containing an endangered regional ecosystem.”
“The conversion of the area to a nature reserve has widespread support from organisations including Gin Gin Landcare which has indicated its members would be happy to supply young trees to the reserve.”
Cr Rowleson said there appeared to be no major impediments to creating the reserve which he felt would provide a rare opportunity to create an interesting and educational visitor destination.
The council will liaise with the Department of Natural Resources to gain approval for the initiative and, if successful, will then seek public input into the long term use and management of the reserve.
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