Growing Queensland’s protected areas estate

The Qld Government has recently finalised the purchase of around 8000 hectares of land near Hughenden which will form part of Queensland’s newest National Park.

The land, part of Pretty Plains station, adjoins another property, The Lakes, which was purchased by the government in 2022 and will also be included in the new National Park.

Similar to The Lakes acquisition, the purchase of part of Pretty Plains was supported by a co-investment contribution from the international philanthropic organisation, the Wyss Foundation, which was brokered by The Nature Conservancy.

The Queensland Government has also purchased around 250 hectares of land to expand Lockyer National Park in South East Queensland.

The property is surrounded on three sides by Lockyer National Park and was identified as a priority acquisition to consolidate the existing park boundary and to expand protected koala conservation lands.