Your Voice. Your Noosa.

As an Independent Member of the Queensland Parliament, I am honoured to represent the wonderful diversity that is Noosa, not a political party or personal ideology. This is liberating and empowering for the residents of our electorate and provides opportunity to create a future that you have envisioned. One that is bold in researching ideas and trialling new ways to address our challenges, through the development of partnerships and a focus on what unites. One that encourages open discussion and respectful debate which concentrates on common ground and what can be achieved. One that considers all viewpoints and perspectives, with objective research and a passion for people, that puts Noosa first. I am your voice. It is your Noosa.

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Sandy Bolton MP

QRAIL UPDATE COORAN TO GYMPIE NORTH - Queensland Rail advises they will be undertaking tree-trimming works on the Gympie North to Cooran rail line between 8pm and 6am on Sat 22 Feb and Sun 23 Feb. For more information please call 13 16 17 or email customerfeedback@qr.com.au. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 hours ago

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MP MEETINGS. A great way to start a Parliament day is coffee with those moving mountains across QLD! Today, with Jack, Pepe and Amber who are all involved in Nature Refuges in some form, either through charitable trusts, Agforce or as a property owner. With 4.4million hectares under protection by more than 500 private land holders in this voluntary program, from small coastal holdings to large pastoral stations, their contribution to conservation cannot be underestimated! For more information on this program, visit Pew Trusts or www. environment.des.qld.gov.au/wildlife/nature-refuges #ourlivingoutback #outbacktooceans #AGForce #thepewtrust ... See MoreSee Less

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7 hours ago

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BEES GET THEIR BUZZ BACK – A $1 million emergency package has been made available to help get Qld beekeepers back on track after the recent fires and drought. The package will fund the waiver of this year’s permit fees for accessing state forests and protected areas, as well as free access to a large stockpile of bee feed sugar. For more information click below: www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/niche-industries/beekeeping... ... See MoreSee Less

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22 hours ago

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NOOSA KOALA MAPPING UPDATE - This morning I met with the Office of the Minister for Environment and Science in response to concerns from our koala organisations and recent newspaper headlines. In summary, under previous koala protection regulation, clearing was not allowed in what is called Priority Koala Assessable Areas, and Koala Assessable Development Areas that were outside the urban footprint. In the Noosa Shire Council, the total area for both classifications was 4,420 hectares.

Under the new koala protection regulations, clearing of koala habitat in the Noosa Shire is now prohibited in β€˜Koala Priority Areas’ which cover an area of some 24,135 hectares. This is an increase of 19,715 hectares, or 81%, where habitat clearing is not permitted.

However, there are some exemptions such as a one-off 500m2 allowance per land parcel (to build a house/garage/pool), as well as an allowance for the removal of dangerous trees, creation or maintenance of firebreaks adjacent to infrastructure and fence lines.

This QLD-wide mapping was developed in consultation with local councils, and other stakeholders including the Koala Advisory Council (members are listed in the link below) with Noosa Council nominating 7609 hectares as koala habitat, mapped under its planning scheme. The department accepted 6,895 hectares as locally refined koala habitat, with some 800 hectares not accepted as they were either existing suburban subdivisions or were already areas of current Category X on a Property Map of Assessable Vegetation (PMAV). These are generally not regulated by vegetation management laws as they have already been classified for development activities. For example, in the Noosa electorate, a portion of land to the South East of Noosa Civic was not included as it is classed as Category X in a PMAV gazetted in 2014. This exemption for Category X in koala habitat areas has been amended to apply only to those under existing PMAVs and any new applications will not have such an exemption. Vegetation mapped within Category X areas, including those under a PMAV, can still be protected under local government planning schemes for development where local government is an assessment manager.

The local refined areas within the koala mapping is expected to be fine-tuned in consultation with local councils over the next two years, whilst public submissions from the consultation period for the draft Koala Conservation Strategy are still being assessed. In response to concerns from advocates regarding the timing of this consultation over the Christmas period, I had requested for an extension (without success) however have this week requested of the Premier that a review of the timelines of consultation excludes major holiday periods, as they do with public holidays.

In saying all of this, there is still plenty of time for anyone to have input regarding the draft Koala Strategy, as once the current submissions are compiled, and amendments made, this draft will go back to the Koala Advisory Council, before the final draft strategy is released.

During this time, I encourage anyone who has concerns regarding the mapping, or the strategy, to contact SEQKoalaStrategy@des.qld.gov.au, and cc in our office on noosa@parliament.qld.gov.au, so we can be kept in the loop with any concerns and subsequent outcomes.

For further information on the Qld-wide mapping, and amounts now and in the future under protection, please go to: environment.des.qld.gov.au/wildlife/animals/living-with/koalas/mapping/koalamap

Information on the draft Koala Conservation Strategy can be found at: environment.des.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0032/97547/draft-seq-koala-conservation-strateg...

Information, members and minutes of the Advisory Council can be accessed here: environment.des.qld.gov.au/wildlife/animals/living-with/koalas/conservation
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2 days ago

Sandy Bolton MP

WHEN IS A BUILDING MUCH MORE THAN? When it is the home, and future, of those that volunteer to keep us safe! Congratulations to Sunshine Beach Surf Club past and present Committee, supporters, sponsors, members and surf lifesavers...and their families, on an incredible effort. To see the journey from the original tin shack many moons ago, to this stunning base for the community, is truly inspiring!πŸ‘Many thanks to #llewobrien MP and the Federal Building Better Regions funding for making this possible, and those who have worked the last 5 years, to see this through, challenges and all! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘#topeffort #officialopeningπŸ–πŸŽŠπŸŽŠ ... See MoreSee Less

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SANDY BOLTON MP
Independent Member for Noosa

Suite CB05 Noosa Civic
28 Eenie Creek Rd,
Noosaville QLD 4566

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