Threat to Noosa hinterland

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Subject: Threat to Noosa hinterland
From: "Andrew Thelander" <>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2006 15:57:32 +1000
Hi everyone
I'm posting to inform you of a threat to the environment of the Noosa hinterland in SEQ.  The Qld and Federal governments have proposals before them to re-route the Bruce Highway (the national highway) east through the Noosa hinterland.  Alternative proposals exist for upgrading the highway in its current (degraded) corridor.  Moving the highway east will result in the clearing of up to about 200 acres of forest including regionally endangered gallery rainforest on alluvial soil.  Burrawingi Nature Reserve, owned by prize-winning Noosa environmentalist, Phil Moran, will be bitumenised!  Bear in mind that this area is known as a foothold for the Coxen's fig-parrot and Noosa Council has for years tried to maintain forest cover in the area, supported by wildlife corridors.  Projects have also been completed to improve habitat for Red goshawk, known to nest in the area.  The local community lobby group, No Unfair Southern Eastern Routes Inc. (of which I am Sec.) has received alot of support from conservation groups especially the Sunshine Coast Environment Council and Noosa Parks Association.  If you want to learn more, go to our website and download our Report.
For those who wish to help, a letter or email to the Federal and Qld Transport and Environment ministers asking them to ensure that the Bruce Highway is upgraded in its existing corridor in the Southern Zone, would help indeed.
Hon. Paul Lucas, Minister for Transport and Main Roads, GPO Box 2644, Brisbane 4001
Hon Ms Desley Boyle, Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women, PO Box 15031, City East 4002
Hon Warren Truss, Minister for Transport and Regional Services, PO Box 283, Maryborough 4650
Senator Ian Campbell, Minister for Environment and Heritage, GPO Box B58, Perth 6838
Thanks for your time and Happy Birding!
Andrew Thelander
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