En­vi­ron­men­tal re­serve for Gin Gin public

Coun­cil de­lighted at Na­ture Park of­fer

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

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.

PHOTOS: JODIE DIXON

BREAK­FAST: The BBQ Hut feeds the morn­ing crowd at the Gin Gin Mar­kets.

GIN GIN MAR­KETS: Ear­rings by Taleah-Kate De­signs.

GOURMET FOODS: Great-tast­ing wood-smoked meats.

EARLY MORN­INGS: Great place for Satur­day brekkie.

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