Koalas receive a $970,000 windfall at Doonan Creek
Koalas at Sunshine Coast Council’s Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve have been given a hand up and hand out with a $970,000 State Government offset payment.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said offset agreements attempted to compensate for the impact of unavoidable development and turn a negative into a positive.
“For every tree cut down during these developments, a new tree or trees must be planted in a suitable location,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“In this instance the Federally-funded Bruce Hwy project, connecting Frizzo Rd with Sippy Creek Rd at Palmview on the Sunshine Coast, required an environmental offset.
“Because that project area was mapped as likely to support koalas, for every tree cut down, five have to be planted in an area which could also support koalas.
“Thanks to the flora and fauna assessments that are carried out at as part of Sunshine Coast Council’s environment levy reserve purchases, we know there is koala activity on this Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve, making it an ideal receiving site for this $970,000 offset.