Daisy Hill Koala Bushland project updates
The Queensland Government is working to improve the management, use and enjoyment of the Daisy Hill Koala Bushland area, as outlined in the ten-year Daisy Hill Koala Bushland Directions Paper (2017 to 2027). The Directions Paper was developed with input from a range of stakeholders following an extensive review of the site, assessment of relevant policy and planning frameworks, and review of recreation and tourism market opportunities.
The following information provides updates on the development and implementation of related projects.
2021>: Stage two (current) – $2 million
The department is currently working with a dedicated Daisy Hill Design and Delivery Group made up of local representatives to develop proposed projects for stage 2 (to be completed over 2021–2023) as part of its long-term commitment for the Daisy Hill Koala Bushland area.
A number of proposed projects will be considered as part of stage 2, and may include:
- more disability and mobility access
- improved environmental protections
- upgraded mountain bike and walking trails
- car park and day use area upgrades.
To keep the community informed, this page will be updated with further details about the projects as they are developed.
2017–2021: Stage one (complete) – $4.1 million
The following initial projects were developed following community feedback and have all been completed. Many were progressed to ensure the Koala Bushland was ready for locals and visitors to enjoy during the 2018 Commonwealth Games and beyond.
- Most of the existing ring road servicing the Daisy Hill Conservation Park day-use areas upgraded and resurfaced.
- New picnic tables, a water station, gathering area, warm-up track and mountain-bike service area at the trail hub.
- A 790m Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant track constructed in the day-use area linking car park one with the Paperbark trail.
- Two amenity blocks and a shelter shed replaced with DDA-compliant toilet blocks and a picnic shelter. Compliant car parks, picnic tables and barbecues also been provided.
- The Paperbark trail walking track ungraded to provide universal access and include new interpretive signs. New interpretive signs have also been installed on the Tree discovery trail walking track.
- Two Nature Play options—Wild Nature Play and Indigenous Games—developed in the lower day-use area.
- The Daisy Hill Koala Centre revitalised to improve the visitor experience, focusing on interpretation and visitor orientation.
- A range of community conservation projects, including weed management, revegetation, and planting of more than 10,000 native plants including koala food trees.
- Sustainable trail planning and work, including a full mountain-bike trail audit, undertaken to advise future work on these trails.
- Some road planning and re-design study were undertaken to address, in future stages, the safety issues associated with shared use including pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
- A 350-metre DDA-compliant boardwalk on the Paperbark trail.
- New shelters and electric barbecues on the northern side of the day-use area.