Queensland releases Greenspace Strategy
The Queensland Government has releaseds its Greenspace Strategy 2011-2020, aiming to assist the State Government in reaching its target of 50 per cent increase in land protected for conservation and recreation.
Local Government Minister Paul Lucas said the comprehensive plan to increase parks, recreational walking tracks, off road vehicle tracks, marine parks and other outdoor resources was a direct outcome of the Queensland Growth Management Summit held in March 2010.
“Greenspaces whether a national park with a dedicated walking track or the local sports field are important to the lives of Queenslanders and our ability to attract tourists,” Mr Lucas said.
The Greenspace Strategy looks for new greenspace through opportunities such as state-funded infrastructure projects, State Development Areas, statutory regional plans, unallocated state lands that are slated for disposal, environmental offsets and regional transport plans.
Annual action plans will be developed and made publically available with the 2011-2012 action plan including:
- Delivering new recreation facilities valued at more than $43 million
- Completing the existing regional trails program
- Completing the state schools’ community greenspace project
- Delivering greenspace network plans for sustainable growth regions.