The Queensland government has announced that nearly 6,300 hectares of land southwest of Brisbane will be protected through the expansion of a World Heritage Listed National Park and the establishment of a new conservation area protecting the key habitat for the shiny black cockatoo, the brush-tailed rock wallaby and the mighty owl.
Over 3,400 hectares of former Glen Rock State Forest would be converted and added to Main Range National Park south of Gatton, while an additional 2,890 hectares would become the new Main Range Conservation Park.
Queensland Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said that ‘the grand opening of the former state forest will see two key conservation areas in the region linked for the very first time, protecting key habitat for the Shiny Black Cockatoo , the brush-tailed wallaby and the mighty owl.
âThis follows the handover of over 160,000 hectares of land to the people of eastern Kuku Yalanji in the far north of the state earlier this year, with an additional 4,400 hectares across the state also being protected.
The rivers and streams of Glen Rock support key riparian habitat and are part of an important aquifer recharge area for the Lockyer Creek system, which is a tributary of the Brisbane River.
The vegetation of Glen Rock is also part of a nationally significant biodiversity corridor that extends to the Bunya Mountains and further north.
After the transfer, the former state forest will combine with Main Range National Park to house over 41,000 hectares of continuous protected area stretching from the New South Wales border north along the Great Diving Range.
The property was once one of the largest cattle grazing properties in South East Queensland before it was purchased by the Queensland government in 1995.
More recently, Glen Rock State Forest has been used for a variety of purposes including beekeeping, research projects, camping, bush walking, and horseback riding.
Its pastoral history is still present in its heritage infrastructures such as fences, barriers and enclosures which contribute to the character of the property.
Minister Scanlon indicated that âmy department is now working with the Yuggera Ugarapul people to identify the key values ââof Glen Rock and the Main Range region to determine future management requirements that will best meet the threats to the values. environmental and cultural aspects of the earth â.
Queensland Conservation Council Protected Areas Program Director Andrew Picone said well-managed protected areas are one of the most effective ways to reverse biodiversity decline and save many species from extinction. .
âIn 2019, approximately 12,685 hectares of Main Range National Park were burned in the 2019 fires, so protecting the Glen Rock State Forest, which escaped those fires, is the right decision,â Picone said. .
“The separation of national and conservation parks provides a balanced result ensuring that park users can still take advantage of existing recreational opportunities, including mountain biking and horseback riding in appropriate areas.”
More information on Glen Rock State Forest and Main Range National Park can be found at parks.des.qld.gov.au
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