Opportunities and benefits for landowners
The Flinders Karawatha Corridor is the largest remaining continuous stretch of open eucalypt forest in South East Queensland, and contains distinctive habitats and abundant plant and animal life.
The establishment of the corridor not only allows landowners to continue to control and enjoy their property, but it has the potential to bring a range of financial benefits and opportunities based on recreation, tourism and land management activities.
In turn, this will boost the liveability and wellbeing of existing and future regional communities and landowners.
Facts about living within the corridor
- Landowner property rights are retained and current state planning regulatory provisions still apply.
- Existing land management activities can continue as long as they are consistent with local and state legislation.
- Landowner participation is voluntary.
- Landowners can capitalise on outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities and reap the financial benefits.
- Funding streams will be proposed by the government that provide incentives to landowners for land management.
- Landowners may be eligible to access a range of other funding programs, including an environmental offsets policy which can generate a regular income.
Funding for land management
A corridor management strategy being developed by the Queensland Government will outline proposed funding that will provide incentives to landholders for land management.
In addition, there are existing programs that landowners may be eligible for which, in some cases, provide a financial benefit and the opportunity to make improvements to their land.
Environmental Offsets Policy
Under this program, environmental offsets compensate for unavoidable impacts on significant environmental values—such as the clearing of protected vegetation or the displacement of vulnerable animals—as a result of development.
One way to compensate for this loss is the identification and protection of alternative sites to provide habitat that, over time, will provide an outcome equivalent to the values being lost.
In South East Queensland there are a number of development projects that may generate the need for an offset if vegetation, or protected plants and animals, are affected.
Landowners in the Flinders Karawatha Corridor may benefit from this by being part of an offset arrangement where the management of conservation values on their property can compensate for impacts elsewhere.
Under an agreement, landowners continue to own and manage their land and can choose to offset their whole property or just certain areas.
The following State and Commonwealth programs may also support landowner activities within the corridor:
Community groups and other like-minded organisations can apply for a grant to undertake activities that clean up, repair or restore their local environment.
Landholders willing to extend an existing nature refuge, or willing to establish one over all or part of their property, can apply for funding to assist with conservation activities.
Landholders can apply to establish a nature refuge over at least two hectares of their property and receive financial assistance to revegetate, rehabilitate and manage koala habitat.
Farmers and land managers can earn additional income from reducing emissions through changes to agricultural and land management practices.
Some local governments and non-government organisations also have programs which may be of interest to landowners within the corridor, including Land for Wildlife and Voluntary Conservation Agreements.
The Queensland Government has been working in consultation with key partners, including local governments and communities, since 2011 to establish recognition of the corridor.
Key developments include the mapping of corridor boundaries and the continued development of a corridor management strategy, which will describe a range of appropriate land uses, management practices, and priority areas for investment.
The management strategy was released as a draft for community consultation in early 2013.