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The Hon. Meaghan Scanlon, Minister for the Environment (Qld), Media Release, 14 December 2022

A number of state forests across south east Queensland will be conserved earlier, the Palaszczuk Government has announced.

The transfers will include parts of state forests like Deer Reserve, West Cooroy, Beerwah Forest Reserve and Ferny Forest, and will conserve crucial habitat for native species, including koalas, as well as protect the state’s great lifestyle.

Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said it’s part of the Palaszczuk Government’s election commitment to transfer 20,000 hectares of state forest to Queensland’s protected areas.

“Queensland is home to more than 14 million hectares of protected area – that’s double the size of Tasmania,” Minister Scanlon said.

“We’re building on that massive number with today’s announcement and a record $262.5 million to expand and create new national parks.

“The transfer of the forests will ensure they’re conserved by legislation, while also ensuring that public access remains and people can continue to enjoy these beautiful areas.”

Early transfer to protected is being considered for parts of State Forests such as:

  • Deer Reserve
  • West Cooroy
  • Wickham Timber Reserve
  • Ferny Forest
  • Luttons
  • Beerwah Forest Reserve
  • Mount Mee

Minister Scanlon said the forests will go through a formal process to be added to the estate, which will include engaging with the Traditional Owners of the State Forest lands.

For more information on Queensland’s national parks head to: https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/


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