January 13th 2012
Magnetic Island National Park grows by 826 hectares
Magnetic Island National Park has been increased by 826 hectares as part of a major expansion of Queensland’s protected area estate.
Member for Townsville Mandy Johnstone said the additions to Magnetic Island National Park brought its total area to 3,616 hectares.
“I know this is something Magnetic Island residents have fought very hard for over many years, so this is a great win for the community,” Ms Johnstone said.
“The new land strengthens the protection that the Magnetic Island National Park provides to the island's natural and cultural resources.
“Hillslopes in most areas of Magnetic Island have been added to the national park.
“The rocky, wooded terrain of these areas is a key scenic feature of the island when viewed from Townsville and a large part of the appeal for residents and tourists alike, and now it’s protected for the future.
“These places are important to the Wulgurukaba people, the Traditional Owners of the area, and I acknowledge their support in protecting them for all Queenslanders.”
Ms Johnstone said the expansion of Magnetic Island National Park was part of a raft of new additions to national parks throughout Queensland this year.
“It’s great to see the State Government ensuring that more precious land will be protected for future generations,” she said.
“We remain committed to our target of increasing the national park estate to 7.5 per cent of the area of Queensland by 2020.”
The new, extended, Magnetic Island National Park
Photo at top: Member for Townsville, Mandy Johnstone with Islanders Linda Wooten, Tania Thoreau and Wendy Tubman after making the extention of the National Park announcement at the Rocky Bay Lookout.
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