Good News for the Daisy Hill Koala Bushland

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The Daisy Hill Koala Cen­tre could be in line for a face­lift, with plans to turn the hub into a major attraction for tourists ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Ideas were outlined within the Daisy Hill Koala Bush-land Draft Directions Paper which was released for public consultation last week.

Springwood MP Mick de Brenni said the aim was to enhance the centre experience without damaging the site's conservation values.

"With the Commonwealth Games in southeast Queensland in 2018, the Daisy Hill Koala Centre makes the perfect stopover for tourists between Brisbane and the Gold Coast," he said.

"The future of what we'll see at the koala centre is now up to the people, who need to let us know what they'd like to see - all options are on the table.

"Suggestions include better facilities that can accommodate tourists and the operation of some commercial outlets that might do souvenirs, food, mountain biking or trail guidance."

Logan and Albert Conservation Association spokesman Barry Fitzpatrick said the park's protection was paramount while Queensland Conservation Council member Ted Fensom said he would like to see the protected area extended, with potential for further land acquisitions.

RATS cycling group member David Winkcup said the park was a great place to bring the family. However, improvements including better signage and water facilities were needed. He said a commercial vendor would also be welcomed by his community.

"Cyclists love to be able to sit and talk about their ride," he said. "It would be great if they could open a place that sold coffee and cake."

Fellow mountain biker Mary Mitchelhill said a souvenir shop could also help to raise funds for koala health projects.

You can find the directions paper here and can head here have your say.

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