Source: Government of Queensland
Work is progressing on Springvale Station Nature Refuge in Cape York to manage and conserve the area’s threatened species habitats and ecosystems.
Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch visited the Springvale Station Nature Refuge earlier today to check on progress at the site.
“There has been a lot of really great work carried out here and the Palaszczuk Government will deliver on its budget promise for increased funding of $2.7 million over four years to continue ongoing land management,” Ms Enoch said.
“Since purchasing the 56,000 hectare cattle station in 2016, the Government has been managing and conserving the area’s range of threatened species habitat, its high diversity of terrestrial ecosystems and aiming to reduce runoff into the Great Barrier Reef.
“The additional funding announced in the budget will allow the Government to continue rehabilitation and conservation works here at the heavily grazed Cape York property.
“The funding will also help reduce sediment running into the Normanby River system, and ultimately into the reef.
“Springvale Station’s outstanding diversity of 52 mapped regional ecosystems provide important habitat for endangered or vulnerable plant and animal species.
“We have already achieved a significant amount of work at Springvale including the removal of an illegal tyre dump and we are working to re-establish groundcover and further reduce erosion runoff.
“We are also working on a fire management plan – suitable for seasonal conditions – to encourage natural regeneration of native grasses. This is also essential in managing silt runoff.
“Pest and weed control, fencing and road improvements are also well underway.
“Current major works at Springvale Station include repair of the 32 kilometre Keetings Track – the major track accessing most of the property.”
The Government will continue to ensure that the property is managed as a nature refuge to achieve the necessary conservation outcomes.
More information about Springvale Station is available here: https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/coasts-waterways/catchment-management/springvale-station
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