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Environment info centre welcomed

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk with Jamboree councillor Mathew Bourke and CDEA president Shealagh Walker.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk with Jamboree councillor Mathew Bourke and CDEA president Shealagh Walker.

AS president of the Centenary and District Environment Action Group, Shealagh Walker is generally opposed to any development around natural bushland.

But when construction plans are for an environment information centre, exceptions can be made.

For years Ms Walker has fought to protect Pooh Corner, the only large area of intact bushland on the south side of Brisbane.

The protected site is home to more than 40 different species of plants and animals including Brisbane's last population of Eastern Grey kangaroos.

To continue the conservation of the bushland, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has unveiled plans to build the region's first environmental centre.

The $250,000 facility would be located at the Sumner end of the Pooh Corner reserve.

Ms Walker said she was delighted and believed it would prove vital in educating the community about the importance of Pooh Corner.

"Pooh Corner is an important asset to Brisbane as it is home to more than 1000 wild kangaroos, right on the city's doorstep," Ms Walker said.

"An environment centre will help people learn about the wildlife and at the same time chill out, enjoy nature and get away from the rigours and noise of city living."

Cr Quirk said the announcement was the next major step in Pooh Corner's preservation and regeneration.

"My team purchased Pooh Corner from the Department of Defence in 2008 with the sole purpose of protecting it from development," Cr Quirk said.

"And we've spent the last four years carefully restoring it to a safe standard following its recent military history."

Features of the centre could include guided and video tours, public talks, interactive maps and displays plus picnic and barbecue facilities.


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