One of Noosa’s most idyllic parcels of public land, facing the Noosa River and boasting significant environmental values, has become a nature refuge.
Johns Landing Nature Refuge, north of Noosa Heads, covers approximately 35 hectares and contains suitable habitat for threatened species.
Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government was pleased to enter into a partnership with the landholder, Noosa Shire Council.
“This land, which was once a private campsite, has sensitive environmental values that require protection now and into the future,” Ms Enoch said.
“I congratulate Noosa Shire Council for their commitment to nature conservation through entering into a nature refuge agreement to create Johns Landing Nature Refuge.
“Johns Landing Nature Refuge contains koala habitat and habitat suitable for a further ten threatened species.
“It boasts four regional ecosystems of significant biodiversity value, and provides landscape connectivity to Great Sandy National Park and Una Corbould Nature Refuge.
“Across Queensland there are now 516 nature refuges covering 4.42 million hectares, which is something we are proud of.
“These are important public-private partnerships to grow Queensland’s protected area estate, and manage and enhance vast areas containing significant environmental values.”
Noosa Shire Mayor Tony Wellington said the Johns Landing project was a win for the community and a win for the environment.
“As land managers, the Council is preserving this land for future generations,” Mr Wellington said.