Cara Doonan from Defence Housing Australia surveys the site of a recently approved housing development at Warner.
Tenants of a new housing estate at Warner will be issued with “lifestyle guidelines” detailing the responsibilities of living next to existing koala habitat.
A Defence Housing Australia (DHA) development, located at the corner of Old North and Kremzow Roads, was recently approved by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works.
Once completed, the $90 million residential development, which has been given the green light by Moreton Bay Regional Council, will consist of 465 housing lots.
Residents will be given an education package about the existing natural environment that adjoins the site, detailing the importance of a 17.4 hectare wildlife corridor that surrounds the estate.
The guidelines will also give directives on responsible pet ownership and appropriate and inappropriate garden species for the area.
DHA Managing Director Peter Howman said the guidelines, designed to help protect local fauna, were not standard for all DHA tenants.
In a letter to sent to Mr Howman in March this year, Pine Rivers Koala Care Association applauded the DHA retaining an ecological corridor at the site.
“It is encouraging to see that the development layout has given significant consideration to the koala and other wildlife populations in the immediate area,” group secretary Sally Elliot wrote.
The new housing development, which will also include upgrades to Kremzow Road as well as four new traffic routes through the adjacent Warner Lakes estate, will be completed over seven stages.
Mr Howman said 130 of the estate’s dwellings would be retained for Defence members, with the remainder to be made available to owner-occupiers or private investors.
Construction is expected to start early next year, with the first dwellings to be completed in 2015.
Story By: Lee Oliver.