OPEN: Mayor Mike Brunker, craftsman Owen Bailey and contractor Troy O'Driscoll at the official ribbon cutting ceremnoy for the new Airlie Creek walking track last week.
OPEN: Mayor Mike Brunker, craftsman Owen Bailey and contractor Troy O'Driscoll at the official ribbon cutting ceremnoy for the new Airlie Creek walking track last week.

National park expanded

THE iconic Conway National Park will now be expanded to include an additional 5000 hectares of bushland.

Acting premier Andrew Fraser, who made the announcement on Tuesday, said the Whitsundays was home to some of Queensland's most precious flora and fauna and it was critical for the Government to protect that rich biodiversity.

"The Bligh Government will transfer the remaining areas of Conway State Forest to the National Park area, which will add more than 5000 hectares to this stunning protected region" he said.

"This expansion will significantly increase the habitat boundaries of this region's endangered Proserpine rock wallabies and preserve additional land for several protected species of flora, including the majestic tulip oak."

Whitsunday MP Jan Jarratt said she was delighted that Conway National Park would be expanded.

"This is fantastic news for the tourism industry and nature lovers.

The new area of Conway National Park means almost the entire length of the 30km Whitsunday Great Walk is now within National Park boundaries - the highest level of protection," Ms Jarratt said.


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