Pristine riverfront protected

The future of a large area of pristine riverfront land at the junction of Maroochy River and Coolum Creek has been guaranteed, thanks to the purchase of two environmentally significant properties by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

The land is reported to have one of the most diverse varieties of flora and fauna in Australia.

The council purchased the land as “part of a targeted approach to recreation, riverine revegetation and water quality”.

Dr Stephen Skull, manager of council’s environment branch, said the area would be managed according to ongoing land management programs and the Maroochy River Recovery Program. Dr Skull said the purchase was funded from council’s Environment Levy.

“Buying land is one way council conserves and manages environmentally significant land but other collaborative options are available,” he said.

“One task is to control riverbank erosion to reduce sediment in the river, which is great news for those who value the river for its natural beauty and water quality so they can enjoy kayaking, water sports and recreation,” he said.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot endorsed the acquisitions and said the land purchases were in line with a range of council’s environmental, sustainable and social objectives.

“These two blocks are important because they adjoin existing conservation areas already managed by council,” Mr Abbot said. “Together they conserve large stretches of riverfront, encourage native flora and fauna populations and protect our wildlife and native vegetation.”

The council offers a range of agreements and assistance – designed to protect wildlife and to conserve the local environment – for privately owned biodiversity areas of land.

For more information about Conservation and Wildlife Agreements, contact Customer Service on 1300 007 272.

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