We need to be the custodians of our forests

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has today appealed to Sunshine Coast residents to bestow the same passion on our local forests that is given to the regions’ beaches.  

It follows Sunshine Coast environment groups successfully lobbing 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 late last year. 

Mr McArdle said that while this was an excellent win for our region, it is now the obligation of the community to truly step into the role of being the custodians of our own forests. 

“The Sunshine Coast is well known for great beaches but we also have great forests and rain forests such as the newly upgraded Beerwah State Forest.” Mr McArdle said.  

“This forest is looked after by many groups and individuals who work hard to maintain the environment. Our obligation as a community is to work with them to ensure generations to come get to enjoy the beauty that we have here today.” Mr McArdle said.  

“A lot of hard work has been done to get to this point 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. 

“There is an extraordinary amount of unique flora and fauna, animal species, ecosystems and heritage trees that are unique to the Sunshine Coast. Let’s show the world that we are proud of our region’s natural treasures.”

Alongside the community Mr McArdle successfully lobbied to have the Beerwah State Forest protected in light of the Bruce Highway and Caloundra Interchange Upgrade. This move saw the footprint on the Steve Irwin Forest reduced from 24HA to between 6-8HA.