Glen Elmes says grant improves the health of Noosa’s natural assets

Noosa’s community has come together to improve the local natural environment thanks to the Newman Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants program.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said the Noosa Integrated Catchment Committee had received funding of almost $40,000 through the Everyone’s Environment grants program.

“Thanks to hard work by the Noosa Integrated Catchment Committee and the local community, about 20,000 square metres of unformed road reserve and the adjoining perimeter of the headland section around Noosa National Park will soon be in better shape,” Mr Elmes said.

“This funding delivers on our election commitment to the community and provides an opportunity that never existed under Labor to care for local projects.

“More than 30 community working bee days have been held to weed and rehabilitate sections of the headland, with invasive plants removed from Melaleuca Wetland, Wet and Dry Eucalypt Forest, and Dry Heath. The local community has rallied with 330 volunteers involved to date.

“Their work will result in weed-free buffer zones and enhanced shelter for species such as Grass Owls, Acid Frogs and Ground Parrots, and improve the area for movement of wildlife such as koalas.”

A community event will be held on the 20th February to install signage identifying the work undertaken and promote the benefits of volunteering, followed by weeding and a sausage sizzle.

Mr Elmes said the Everyone’s Environment grants were providing support to grassroots environmental projects, with $12 million available over three rounds.

“Under the first two rounds of the Everyone’s Environment grants program, 157 projects have been approved, receiving a total of $6.4 million,” he said.

Across the state so far, the program has resulted in more than:

  • 62,000 tree plantings
  • 53,600 hectares being weeded, re-vegetated or rehabilitated
  • 35,700 kilograms of rubbish removed (equivalent to almost 370 wheelie bins)
  • 7,150 volunteers engaged.

Round Three of the Everyone’s Environment grants program will open in mid-2014.

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