SOLD: Mayor Mark Jamieson and Fr Joe Duffy from the Stella Maris Catholic Parish shake hands over the Buderim land deal.
SOLD: Mayor Mark Jamieson and Fr Joe Duffy from the Stella Maris Catholic Parish shake hands over the Buderim land deal. Contributed

Council and church sign off on land deal

A BLOCK of land previously owned by the Catholic Church has been added to Sunshine Coast Regional Council's conservation estate.

The 4.8ha piece of bushland in the heart of Buderim was bought through council's Environment Levy Land Acquisition Program and was the last of four acquisitions this year, totalling more than 100ha.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said council had so far allocated about $9.3 million from the levy towards conservation projects designed to maintain and improve the region's biodiversity.

"Together with our recent purchase at Crosby Hill Rd, this property acquired from the Stella Maris Catholic Parish will expand the Buderim Forest Bushland Reserve Network by approximately 30ha,” he said.

"Protecting environmentally significant land and connecting habitat corridors are an important part of a strategic approach that ensures we get the balance right when it comes to offering the desirable lifestyle the Sunshine Coast is renowned for, while protecting our natural environment.”

The latest property takes the amount of land purchased since the early 1990s to about 2870ha, with just over a third acquired since 2008.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Buderim bushland area was considered one of the most important urban bushland areas in south-east Queensland due to its unique geological land forms, biodiversity and proximity to the coast.

"It's no secret that the hard work starts once properties such as these have been purchased, which is why council also allocates funding to the establishment and ongoing management of our environmental reserves through the Environment Levy Program,” she said.