The NSW Environment Minister announced in late Febuary 2007 that a massive conservation corridor labelled the ‘Alps to Atherton’ would be established along the eastern edge of Australia.
We hope this project does not divert the Queensland Government from fulfilling its agreed National Reserve System targets, which will help stem the extinction crisis. In 2005, Queensland Government agreed to make sure that all threatened species habitat and endangered regional ecosystems are represented in the park system by 2010. Although commendable effort has gone into transfer of State Forests, and protection in Cape York, the Daintree and increased funds for south-east Queensland, little progress has been achieved in the priority regions for the National Reserve System.
The NSW government has pledged approximately A$7 million over the next few years to support the scheme. Allegedly Queensland, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory governments have all agreed to the plan but have yet to make financial pledges.
- Length. This significant corridor will allow wildlife to move along a string of reserved land about 2800 km, which compares with the 3200km Yellowstone to Yukon corridor that spans North America’s Rocky mountains.
- Benefits for wildlife. The concept is based on a proposal to link existing reserves and to protect and restore ecological links that will increase the ability species to move more freely and establish new areas of sanctuary as the effects of global warming escalate.
- Creating the corridor.
- There will be no compulsory acquisition.
- Initiatives will be purely voluntary.
- Landowners who wish to participate will sign a voluntary conservation agreement that will be binding when the land changes ownership.
- Join the Wildlife Land Fund Limited (which is fostered by Wildlife Queensland) and help acquire significant bush reserves that can be responsibly managed for wildlife conservation.
- Contact your local State Member and the Environment Minister to ask what the Queensland Government is intending to do to support this initiative in Queensland
More information about the corridor.
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Wildlife Queensland, March 2007