Conway national park expanded

THE area of national park around Airlie Beach has increased.

Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones stopped briefly in the Whitsundays last week to announce the expansion of the Conway National Park.

She was joined by member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt.

Ms Jones said the 4,540 hectare expansion would increase Conway National Park's area by about a fifth, further protecting the habitat of the Proserpine Rock Wallaby and the endangered glossy black cockatoo.

“This is a big win for conservation in the beautiful Whitsunday region,” Ms Jones said.

“By bringing this land into the national park estate, the Bligh Government is guaranteeing that it is locked away for future generations to enjoy.”

The land which was added to Conway National Park was previously forest reserve land, which can be legally mined and logged.


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