The Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C) has gone above and beyond in their quest to protect the environment, securing 1.29 million square metres of natural habitat linking two areas of Mt Barney National Park.
The previously unprotected habitat, located between Maroon Dam and the Queensland-New South Wales Border, is part of the country’s dwindling rainforest areas, home to thousands of species of flora and fauna.
B4C President Michael Petter played a fundamental role in securing the $275,000 property and plans to see it used for the benefit of the surrounding World Heritage Listed region.
“The Central Eastern Ranges is listed as a World Heritage area as it is one of the first places on the planet where flowers first bloomed and birds first sang,” Michael says.
“If someone else had bought it under the current legislation it could have been cleared.”
The Mount Barney National Park is precious habitat for many protected and vulnerable species including koalas, echidnas, greater gliders, black cockatoos, brush-tailed rock wallabies and wedge-tailed eagles.
Michael and the B4C (headquartered in Carindale) plan to use the land as a ‘buffer zone’ for the surrounding national park, giving tourists access to the region whilst keeping them from inadvertently damaging the protected area.
“We plan to manage the land for its natural values, creating a fully functional biological linkage between national parks.
“[This way] all the intensive activities like showering, collecting firewood and toilets are out of the national park.
“It prevents the national park from being loved to death.”
Michael credits the land purchase to the B4C’s 17 years of hard work and saving of every cent possible, whilst securing contracts for environmental rehabilitation and restoration activities, much of which has been conducted by volunteers.
“I think this is a terrific outcome for the B4C, we have made a substantial contribution to the region and will continue to do so as long as we can.”
Michael also stated that far more can be done at governmental level to protect the environment in Australia.
“If there was significant legislative protection there would not be necessity for private groups to buy land for national heritage sites.”