The D’Aguilar National Park is almost 16 times its previous size after details of its new boundaries were unveiled to mark World Environment Day on 5 June.
The National Park now absorbs large areas of the former Brisbane Forest Park to become Australia’s largest national park near a state capital city.
The protected green area covers the D’Aguilar Range from Brisbane city to Mt Mee.
Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones announced the expansion of the national park at a special ceremony at The Gap last week.
“D’Aguilar has been one of Brisbane’s most popular national parks – now it’s Australia’s largest within 20 kilometres of a capital CBD,” Ms Jones said.
“The State Government has added areas in Enoggera, Mt Glorious, D’Aguilar and Mt Mee Forest Reserves to D’Aguilar National Park.
“It’s expanded from 2400 to a massive 38,000 hectares – growing more than 15 times its size.
“It now covers an area more than 170 Brisbane CBDs.”
Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said the expanded national park would provide “permanent protection for the vegetation, fauna and flora, as well as a wide range of activities for locals”.
He said the area formed a significant wildlife corridor that is home to a diverse range of fauna and flora, including the giant barred frog, koalas, and over 800 plant species.
Ken Murphy also attended the launch event on behalf of the Jinibara People, the traditional owners of the land.
Ms Jones said the State Government was “80 per cent of the way” to converting 425,000 hectares of state forests in south-east Queensland to national park or conservation parks.
National parks near Bundaberg and Gympie have also been expanded, and new conservation parks created at Moggill, Nerang, as well as the 624-hectare Samford Forest Reserve.