The state government will upgrade the Daisy Hill Koala Centre and look at a similar boost for Venman National Park

Minister Mick de Brenni.

Minister Mick de Brenni.

THE state government will spend $3.3 million on an upgrade on the Daisy Hill Koala Centre and will look at a similar boost for Venman’s National Park ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Housing Minister Mick de Brenni said he had talked to conservation groups, mountain bikers, walkers, horse riders and community leaders about creating a leading urban conservation area at Daisy Hill Bushland.

“Now that my electorate of Springwood takes in Venman National Park I am determined to work with local groups to see similar investment and planning,’’ he said.

“...My focus is now on making sure we have a whole-of-region plan that supports the future of both nature recreation areas to make sure our kids and future generations can enjoy this amazing urban bushland.

“This investment is the start of building a world-class regional recreation precinct that highlights our wonderful local nature areas like Daisy Hill Koala Bushland and Venman National Park.”

Making the announcement on World Environment Day, Mr de Brenni said next week’s state budget would include funding for Daisy Hill stage one.

“We are kick-starting a 10-year ... project to create a leading urban conservation and recreation destination in south-east Queensland,” Mr de Brenni said.

Environment Minister Steven Miles said stage one would include a parking, ring road, amenities and picnic area upgrade.

The Brisbane Region Environment Council and the Logan and Albert Conservation Association helped with feedback on planning.

A park user reference group would be set up and would include representatives from tourism, recreation and conservation sectors, residents and traditional owners.