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By Cameron Atfield/Sydney Morning Herald

Two Queensland philanthropists have committed more than $18.5 million to a south-east Queensland conservation project and insisted it was more than just a flight of fancy.

Flight Centre founder Graham Turner and his wife, Jude Turner, launched the collaboration with the University of Queensland at their Spicers Hidden Vale retreat at Grandchester, west of Brisbane.

Mr Turner, who along with being the founder was also managing director of the Flight Centre Travel Group, is also a qualified vet and an environmentalist.

He said Turner Family Foundation’s aim with the Hidden Vale UQ Wildlife Centre was to conserve the Scenic Rim’s natural and cultural resources and values for future generations.

“The objective is to deliver resilient ecosystems with representative, self-sustaining populations of fauna and flora endemic to the Scenic Rim region, supported by applied scientific research,” Mr Turner said…

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