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Next stage of Daisy Hill Action Plan set in motion

October 16, 2020

 

Stage 2 of the Daisy Hill Action Plan will be delivered by a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government as part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.

Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni said his community was passionate about maintaining Daisy Hill forest for generations to come.

“I’ve been working hard to protect the Daisy Hill Conservation Park because I know just how important it is—whether you are a mountain biker, an conservationist, or a young family taking your kids out—to be able to enjoy this beautiful forest,” he said.

“Our strong health response meant that Queenslanders were able to safely get outdoors and enjoy what our community has to offer sooner, and for many people that meant regular visits to our treasured Daisy Hill forest.

“That’s why we’ll deliver these upgrades together, as a community, supported by a consultative process that ensures local voices are heard.

“This area protects one of the most intact natural koala habitats between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, so it’s vital that we get the right balance between recreational use and preserving the wildlife and plant species that call it home,” said Minister de Brenni.

Mr de Brenni said Stage 1 of the Action Plan had already delivered significant upgrades to the park facilities, including the Koala Centre, and the recent National Parks Works and Jobs Boost program had kicked off Stage 2 with a $500,000 investment to upgrade the upper carpark and day use area which will support ten jobs.

This further $2 million commitment will deliver more disability and mobility access, improved trail heads, and upgraded mountain bike and walking trails throughout the forest.

“Daisy Hill brings visitors from far and wide, and the world-class mountain bike facilities support our local bike shops, restaurants and cafes, which support jobs and boost our local economic recovery.”

Tess Martin and Adam Dalton from Rochedale South based business Cycle in Surgery said that high quality trails and facilities mean people will keep coming back and is a boon for local businesses.

“As a local small business, we service and support the many mountain bikers who visit Daisy Hill to ride our fantastic network of bushland trails.

“This investment in Daisy Hill will help local small businesses like ours to grow, supporting the jobs of the locals who work here.

RATS Cycling Club President Darren Flood said the upgrade to the mountain bike trails would put Daisy Hill on the map for generations of mountain bikers to come.

“We’ve got an influx of young riders getting active in our forests because our community is so invested in preserving this bushland.

“I want to thank Mick for his support of our sport and our forests, this investment will mean that our next generation of riders will hone their skills on world class tracks.

“This will create a legacy for our club, conservation of the forest as a whole and the wider community.”

Mr de Brenni put out the call for community members to continue to participate in the delivery of the action plan.

“As a community we kicked off the first stage of the Action Plan, and now I’m calling for the community to join with me in making sure that Daisy Hill Conservation Park meets the community’s conservation and recreation aspirations.”

Head to www.bit.ly/DaisyHillDelivery for more information.

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