Leases on two Great Barrier Reef islands are now in the hands of the Queensland government and will become protected areas for native habitats.
Reef island purchases protect sensitive habitats
Two Great Barrier Reef islands home to koalas and flatback turtles have been snapped up by the state government to safeguard ecologically sensitive habitats.
Leases for St Bees Island and Long Island Broad Sound off the central Queensland coast are now under state control after being purchased by the Palaszczuk government.
While the purchase prices remain a closely guarded secret, the acquisitions are part of a $262.5 million government plan to expand the state’s protected areas.
St Bees Island’s lease includes 4.2 hectares of land that fronts onto Homestead Bay and consolidates the South Cumberland Islands National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.