A SIXTY kilometre bushland corridor extending from Karawatha Forest in Brisbane's southern suburbs to Flinders Peak, on to the south side of Ipswich and down to the Wyaralong Dam near Boonah has been protected by the Queensland Government.
Natural Resources Minister Rachel Nolan said the Flinders-Karawatha corridor, South East Queensland's last remaining unprotected bushland corridor, has been preserved for the benefit of generations to come.
A land use and management plan for the corridor, which is approximately 563.5 square kilometres or 56,350 hectares in size and about 60 kilometres long, is expected by Easter this year.
Ms Nolan said she has been campaigning for the corridor's preservation for ten years and was thrilled as Natural Resources Minister to ensure its preservation.
"…I think access to bushland is critical for healthy communities and I'm glad to get to the point where we can say the integrity of this corridor is secure," Ms Nolan said.
"Between October and December 2011, consultation was undertaken with landholders, councils, the development industry, rural industry and green groups around precisely defining the boundaries of the corridor."
The Minister said that with the corridor now defined and registered, it will trigger provisions of the Regional Plan to prevent urban development within the corridor and to maintain its environmental, rural and open space nature.
Ms Nolan said the preservation of the corridor creates recreational opportunities for South East Queensland's major future population centres, as it abuts the future growth areas of Greater Flagstone and Ripley.
Infrastructure, such as wildlife bridges and walking tracks, is expected to be provided over time as funds become available.