The Gold Coast Council has spent $4.4 million to buy a large plot of land in the northern Gold Coast to protect native wildlife.
The 19 hectare property at Pimpama will provide a crucial link between existing conservation reserves through a major wildlife underpass on the M1.
This is the third plot of land the council has acquired in just 12 months.
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Mayor Tom Tate says council needs to play a role in protecting our precious native wildlife.
“It is a council priority to protect and enhance the natural habitats around the Gold Coast,” Mayor Tate said.
“Nineteen hectares of crucial connectivity that our wildlife can traverse from one huge patch of land to another,
“It’s no wonder people across Australia say the Gold Coast is the greenest council in the whole country.”
Pimpama’s land will undergo planned restoration, to ensure that it contributes to the town’s native vegetation target.
It will also be upgraded to ensure it is even more usable for native wildlife and safe, including security fencing.
The purchase was obtained as part of the City’s natural area acquisition program, financed by the $2.55 component of the levy for the maintenance and improvement of wildlife habitats, introduced by the City in 2020.
The first land purchase, at the end of 2021, was a 1.2ha site at Burleigh Heads. This now provides a vital link in the critical Burleigh-Springbrook corridor.
The second purchase was made this year and is a 37.5ha site in Tallebudgera, linking the critical Currumbin-Springbrook corridor.
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The board says the Pimpama site was purchased because of its high strategic value, including:
- location in a critical pinch point between the Pacific Highway and heavy rail infrastructure, connecting to a major wildlife underpass on the highway;
- habitat connectivity for priority species, including glossy black cockatoo and koala;
- strategic habitat connectivity for the endangered East Coomera koala population;
- supporting the overall health of the Pimpama River, with site restoration to improve waterway health;
- construction of a critical connection in the South Critical Corridor from Moreton Bay to Wongawalan;
- consolidation of existing city-managed parks to improve land management outcomes.