Pullen Pullen protections strengthened

Kate Thorburn
Published 23 Sep 2020 
by Sue O’Connor, Bush Heritage Board President 
about  Pullen Pullen Reserve  
Queensland Minister for the Environment Leanne Enoch, Bush Heritage Executive Manager for the North Region Rob Murphy, Maiawali Traditional Owners Tammy Meers, Judith Harrison and Darryl Lyons.<br/>At Parliament House in Brisbane on Thursday September 24 2020. Photo Andrew Picone. Queensland Minister for the Environment Leanne Enoch, Bush Heritage Executive Manager for the North Region Rob Murphy, Maiawali Traditional Owners Tammy Meers, Judith Harrison and Darryl Lyons.
At Parliament House in Brisbane on Thursday September 24 2020. Photo Andrew Picone.
Pullen Pullen's infamous spinifex country. Photo Annette Ruzicka.<br/> Pullen Pullen's infamous spinifex country. Photo Annette Ruzicka.
A Night Parrot at Pullen Pullen. Photo Steve Murphy.<br/> A Night Parrot at Pullen Pullen. Photo Steve Murphy.
Precious Pullen Pullen. Photo: Stephen Kearney.<br/> Precious Pullen Pullen. Photo: Stephen Kearney.

I’m thrilled to announce that Pullen Pullen Reserve on Maiawali country in western Queensland has become Queensland’s first ever Special Wildlife Reserve.

This new class of protected area, legislated by the Queensland Government, provides national park level protections to privately owned or managed nature reserves like Pullen Pullen.

Queensland is the only state to provide national park level protection to private land, making the declaration of Pullen Pullen Special Wildlife Reserve an Australian first as well.

The added level of protection that comes with the special wildlife reserve status will ensure Pullen Pullen is permanently protected from possible incompatible land uses such as mining, timber harvesting or grazing.

The decision secures the ongoing survival of Pullen Pullen’s population of Night Parrots, one of Australia’s most endangered and elusive birds, and provides habitat protection for many other native species found on the reserve, such as the critically endangered Plains-wanderer.

Since purchasing the reserve in 2016, following the rediscovery of the Night Parrot in 2013, Bush Heritage has worked tirelessly to give the critically endangered species a fighting chance for survival.

Actions we have taken include implementing feral predator control and fire management across the reserve, working closely with researchers and scientists and trialling innovative technology for the Night Parrot’s protection.

Just last week, staff were on the ground installing a new conservation research base on the reserve, which will allow us to achieve even more across this landscape.

I would like to extend my thanks to the Maiawali Traditional Owners, who are working to identify and conserve Pullen Pullen’s significant cultural heritage.

The Queensland government including Minister for the Environment Leanne Enoch, Bush Heritage staff and supporters, the Maiawali people, scientists and others gathered at a ceremony at Brisbane’s Parliament House yesterday to celebrate the declaration.

Pullen Pullen's infamous spinifex country. Photo Annette Ruzicka.<br/> Pullen Pullen's infamous spinifex country. Photo Annette Ruzicka.
A Night Parrot at Pullen Pullen. Photo Steve Murphy.<br/> A Night Parrot at Pullen Pullen. Photo Steve Murphy.
Precious Pullen Pullen. Photo: Stephen Kearney.<br/> Precious Pullen Pullen. Photo: Stephen Kearney.