Wetlands to be restored and protected

Council has secured 120 hectares of land in the Blue Heart for restoration and conservation of wetlands for habitat, a healthier Maroochy River and a place to connect to nature.

A large former cane land site in the Sunshine Coast’s Blue Heart will be restored to natural wetlands, providing valuable habitat for wildlife and contributing to a healthier Maroochy River for everyone to enjoy.

The 120 hectares of land purchased at Yandina Coolum Road, Coolum, will transition to natural wetland habitat, helping improve the quality of water flowing into the river from the site and creating a place for the community to come and connect with nature.

The site adjoins the Coolum Creek Environment Reserve, which provides fish breeding areas and habitat for threatened species such as the Water Mouse.

The $6 million land purchase was secured through the SEQ City Deal, a long-term partnership between the Australian Government, Queensland Government and Council of Mayors (SEQ) that allocated $35.3 million to the Blue Heart initiative.

The SEQ City Deal aims to improve liveability, jobs creation, transport and communities in south-east Queensland.

Find out more about the innovative Blue Heart Sunshine Coast partnership here.

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