The Schrinner Council is celebrating 30 years of the Bushland Acquisition Programme which began in the Pullenvale Ward with the purchase of 495 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Mt Coot-tha by then Lord Mayor, Sallyanne Atkinson.
Over that time, Council has invested about $350 million in protecting 392 individual sites, totalling more than 4320 hectares of land.
Locally, we have 11 properties under protection which were acquired through this programme. They are:
- John Sprent Reserve, Moggill
- Anstead Bushland Reserve, Anstead
- Shelley Road Park, Kholo
- Changing Mountain Bushland Reserve, Kholo
- Dandys Range Bushland Reserve, Kholo
- Kholo Bushland Reserve, Kholo
- Marstaeller Road Reserve, Mt Crosby
- Mt Crosby Road Park
- Primley Street Park
- Priors Pocket Road Park, Moggill
- Part of Mt Coot-tha Reserve (495 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive)
The programme was introduced in 1990 to address growing concerns about development possibly lead to the loss of significant bushland areas. It aims to secure land that supports rare and endangered ecosystems, plants and animals; contains unique habitats poorly represented within existing natural areas; provides linkages within ecological corridors; supports unique freshwater and wetland habitats; and is under immediate threat from development.
Once land is purchased Council protects, manages and restores the natural environment and establishes passive, nature-based infrastructure where appropriate to allow everyone to sustainably enjoy our natural environment. Most of the properties acquired are publicly accessible and contain things such as walking trails, picnic areas and lookout.