In 1990, three ladies familiar with this bushland decided to lobby the Brisbane City Council to save the bushland from development.
In 1991 the Karawatha Forest Protection Society Inc (KFPSI) was formed and incorporated in response to the groundswell of public opinion. The Brisbane City Council introduced a Bushland Levy in the same year which made the purchase of significant lands possible. The State Government also made valuable contributions to the size of the forest. Because of its strategic importance, Council has dedicated some adjoining lands to become part of Karawatha Forest and surrounding areas such as the Kuraby Bushland. The Forest will be further enhanced through the protection of natural corridors and addition of land through the Bushland Levy.
Karawatha Forest is now managed by the Brisbane City Council with guidance from a management plan which was set up with community consultation. This stipulated that the Forest be used for conservation and for passive recreation purposes.
The Society continues to follow the aims of its Rules of Incorporation to protect and to champion the Karawatha Forest. Please refer to our Society's Mission Statement.