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Joint Media Release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
Alex Somlyay MP
Federal Member for Fairfax

14 November 2005

John’s property on Noosa River becomes part of National Reserve

Noosa will now have more protected reserve land as part of a plan announced today by the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Heritage, and the Federal Member for Fairfax, Mr Alex Somlyay, MP.

The Australian Government and the Noosa Shire Council have jointly purchased what is locally known as ‘John’s property’ - 31.8 hectares on the Noosa River in Cooroibah, near Tewantin.

Mr Hunt said the preservation of the unique local environment was made possible by the Australian Government’s commitment to see environments protected for future generations under the National Reserve Scheme.

Mr Hunt said the property was an example of a rare biodiversity system.

“John’s property is home to endangered species of flora, fauna and animals and has a rare example of an undisturbed acidic freshwater stream that runs between Cootharaba and Cooroibah lakes.”

“The property also adjoins the Great Sandy National Park and shares many of the park’s endangered species,” Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt added that he congratulated Mr Somlyay for his long term investment in the project.

Mr Somlyay said the conservation of this unique natural environment would not be possible without the commitment of the Noosa Shire Council.

“This acquisition shows the community that the Council’s environmental levy is being used to ensure the natural values of the area in which they live can be, and are being, protected for the future.”

“Acquiring this land will ensure it remains undisturbed,” Mr Somlyay said.

John’s property at Noosa is the 244th property to be acquired under the National Reserve System programme and brings the total area added to the Reserve System under the programme to over 6.3 million hectares.

Media Contacts:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's office) 0415 740 722
Roz Bergman (Mr Somlyay’s office) 0417 612 061

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