The SPP will also develop a "biodiversity development offset area within the Urban Footprint", which will allow for "good or high quality koala habitat to be swapped for land with minimal or no value under the South East Queensland koala protection network", according to the State Government's documents.
Redland City Council has raised concerns about possible compensation claims from landowners, which Mr Hinchliffe said the land-swap aimed to address. The two new planning instruments come after months of consultation with councils and nearly 300 submissions from members of the public. Redland City Mayor Melva Hobson welcomed the announcement, but said she looked forward to seeing more of the detail. "Redland has been a leader in koala conservation through its own 2008 koala conservation policy and strategy, among the measures taken has been to purchase major local koala habitat to ensure corridors are maintained," she said.
The koala mapping used to set these boundaries remains a subject of contention, with both Redland council and local developers questioning the methodology behind the mapping.
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