The Courier-Mail

Na­tive fauna gets a big­ger range to roam

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QUEENS­LAND’S na­ture re­serves have ex­panded by 100,000ha.

Launch­ing Threat­ened Species Day, En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Steven Miles said seven new re­serves would help pro­tect crea­tures in­clud­ing cas­sowaries, koalas, black-necked storks, tusked frogs and the s spec­tac­u­lar Rich­mond birdw wing but­ter­flies.

“One way we can en­sure na­tive wildlife con­tin­ues to have habi­tat, as de­vel­op­ment con­tin­ues, is work­ing with trusts and pri­vate land­hold­ers to pro­tect the ar­eas these crea­tures call home,” Dr Miles said.

Amid an­i­mals from Aus­tralia Zoo and Dream­world, in­clud­ing Tyson the black­headed python (pic­tured with han­dler Olivia Degn), he told a crowd in Queen Street Mall that pri­vate re­serves were key to pro­tect­ing habi­tat and a hoped-for 17 per cent of the state. Just 5 per cent is un­der na­tional park pro­tec­tion, com­pared to Tas­ma­nia’s 24 per cent and NZ’s 11.4 per cent.

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