A landowner near Biggenden in SE Queensland, is among the latest group of people to enter a voluntary conservation with the State Government.
Elizabeth Pratt has agreed to protect 54 hectares of her Mungore Creek property and create the Rapids Nature Reserve. There are now more than 160 similar nature reserves across Queensland, covering more than 410,000 hectares.
There are some financial benefits in terms of land tax or in stamp duties on some properties, but it is really about the good intentions of landowners says Environment Minister Desley Boyle.
“People really love the land that they own, they want to care for their country and they’re keen to work with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to make sure they do it and leave it in good nick for future generations.”