Koalas win back their habitat in land sales

MORE than 150 south-east Queensland landowners have offered to sell their properties under the State Government's Koala Habitat Program.

Applications have been received from landholders in all the eligible local government areas, including Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley.

Environment Minister Andrew Powell said these applications would now be competitively assessed against a range of criteria.

The State Government has allocated $22.5 million over the next three years to buy land and expand koala habitat in areas where their territory is under pressure.

"Purchased properties will undergo rehabilitation and may be gazetted as national park, nature refuge or a reserve for community useand there will be recreational opportunities for the community wherever possible," he said.



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