I have always loved spending time with my family at Daisy Hill. BBQs on an open fire, bush walking and seeing the wallabies and kookaburras.
As I've grown older, I spend time mountain biking and watching my own kids discover those amazing experiences.
And to do it all so close to home is what makes living in around Daisy Hill and Venman National Park so special.
Thats why, together with Environment Minister Steven Miles, I have announced historic funding for Daisy Hill State Forest - $3.3 million in first year funding to begin a 10 year plan which will turn Daisy Hill State Forest into the leading conservation and recreation destination in South East Queensland.
The two stage plan will result in better facilities, a fully upgraded Koala Centre, and world class mountain bike trails right here in the heart of our neighbourhood.
Works are well underway on the $3.3 million Daisy Hill upgrade. Foundations are going in, and Dirt Art will soon be putting in new mountain bike trails.
Importantly, there's a representative from the Turrbal Association on site to ensure that any artifacts of cultural significance are treated appropriately.
I'm looking forward to seeing the project completed before the Commonwealth Games torch relay next year!
This announcement is the result of an amazing effort from hundreds of people in our local community.
You can download a copy of the Daisy Hill Koala Bushland Action plan here or check out the concept drawings below.