(QldGovSpin) Daintree Land Acquisition Agreement signed

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 16/10/2004 - 01:47

The Queensland Government has honoured its commitment to support the Douglas Shire Council with its Buyback scheme aimed at protecting the Daintree from further harmful development.

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Environment, Local Government,
Planning & Women,
Desley Boyle
localgovt@cabinet.qld.gov.au
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14/10/04

Environment Minister Desley Boyle today signed an agreement that will release the first instalment of $750,000 from the State Government for the Council to begin buying back land from owners wishing to sell.

Ms Boyle said the Douglas Shire Council was keen to accept offers from these landowners as soon as possible.

"The agreement between the two levels of Government will kick start the Council's Buyback project and ensure it works effectively," Ms Boyle said.

"The Environment Protection Agency will investigate the suitability of any land purchased under this scheme for addition to the EPA's Protected Area Estate.

"All lands remaining in the ownership of Douglas Shire Council shall be protected by a Conservation agreement or a covenant and used only for conservation purposes.

"The Council is committed to topping up the Government's buyback contributions with money raised through the Daintree ferry levy.

"This is an excellent example of the two levels of government working together to achieve the best result for the community.

"The Daintree is an internationally renowned World Heritage Area that must be preserved for future generations," Ms Boyle said.

Today's agreement formalises the aims, procedures and funding arrangements for the Daintree Buyback Project.

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