Beerwah State Forest inclusion in national park a win for our community: McArdle

Monday, 6 November 2016

Beerwah State Forest inclusion in national park a win for our community: McArdle

Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has praised Sunshine Coast environment groups for successfully lobbying the State Government to have a portion of the Beerwah State Forest revoked and declared as an additional area of the Mooloolah River National Park. 

It comes as a motion* was passed in Parliament yesterday.

The move will see about 745HA of Beerwah State Forest incorporated into the Mooloolah River National Park. 

“This is an excellent win for our community and I congratulate many groups including the Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Save Steve Irwin Way Forest Group and Wildlife Preservation Society for their efforts,” Mr McArdle said. 

“This also comes after I and the community successfully lobbied to have these areas protected in light of the Bruce Highway and Caloundra Interchange Upgrade, with the footprint on the Steve Irwin Forest being reduced from 24HA to between 6-8HA.

“There is an extraordinary amount of unique flora and fauna, animal species, ecosystems and heritage trees that are extremely unique to the Sunshine Coast and I am glad to see it will be protected well into the future.”

During consultation of the $1 billion Bruce Highway Caloundra Interchange Upgrade project Mr McArdle regularly advocated and stressed the importance of protecting the Steve Irwin Way Forest. 

Ends.

*The Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection proposed, via the Governor in Council under section 30 of the Nature Conservation Act 1992, that a regulation be made requesting Beerwah State Forest, 745 HA, be revoked by parts of a State Forest and declared as an additional area of the Mooloolah River National Park. 

For further information contact: Michelle French, Office of Mark McArdle, 5329 4100.