Little wonder that the region is a biodiversity hotspot with an unusually high number of plant and animal species at the limits of their distribution including several species that are endemic to the Sunshine Coast.

Habitat protection offers the best solution to saving our wildlife. Large areas of the Sunshine Coast are gazetted as National Park – the region has more individual parks than any other in Queensland – and there’s a number of conservation parks and State Forest reserves, all helping to maintain habitat and protect species.

However, the Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, and its natural values face the pressures of development as people flock here to live or holiday.

The Sunshine Coast Environment Council, the region’s peak environmental body with over 50 Member Groups, plays a leading role in making sure that a legacy remains for future generations.

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