A section of the Palmview Conservation Park will be resumed so extensions can be constructed for the Bruce Hwy near Pignata Rd.
A section of the Palmview Conservation Park will be resumed so extensions can be constructed for the Bruce Hwy near Pignata Rd. Stuart Cumming

Protected green space to make way for the highway

A SEGMENT of conservation park has been resumed for highway extensions planned between Caloundra and Tanawha.

The 105 hectare Palmview Conservation Park will have 0.7793 of a hectare shaved off it when Bruce Hwy upgrade works take place at Pignata Rd, opposite the Aussie World complex.

The land is part of the State Government's protected area estate.

Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey said some resumptions were required to secure the project corridor for the planned highway extension from four lanes to six lanes.

"My department and I worked hard to minimise the impact to the Beerwah State Forest and last month we announced we'd almost doubled the size of Mooloolah River National Park to conserve biological diversity of the area,” Mr Bailey said.

He said there would be a major upgrade to the Aussie World interchange and the delivery of a service road for local traffic on the western side of the highway.

Detailed design of the project and preliminary construction are already under way.

The land is due to be resumed some time between April and July, with major construction work to start in the middle of next year.

Construction is expected to be completed in late 2020.

A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection spokeswoman said there was no legislative requirement to seek public submissions on the land resumption but if anyone wanted further information they could write to the Manager, Tenure Services at the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Box 2454, Brisbane 4001.