Glen Elmes says restoration of Noosaville riparian bushland to get underway

Funding by the Newman LNP Government will enable the first community planting day to take place on Saturday, 5 April to begin the restoration of riparian bushland at Noosaville.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said the Weyba Creek Bushcare Group, supported by Noosa Council, Noosa Landcare and the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association Inc, had successfully secured a grant of $19,565 for the project through the Queensland Government’s Everyone’s Environment program.

Mr Elmes said volunteers are being sought to assist with a community planting day on next Saturday morning.

“There will be 15 working bees over the next 18 months to manually remove and chemically treat a range of weeds from bushland around the Weyba Creek and Weyba Esplanade,” Mr Elmes said.

“It is expected that around 90 cubic metres of weeds will be removed or treated.

“I know the people of Noosa take great pride in the natural environment and I encourage everyone who can spare an hour or two next Saturday morning to get involved in this fantastic local project.

“Those who wish to assist in a meaningful way should contact Wendy May on 0419 377 423 for further details.

“To improve the health of the riparian bushland, around 450 native trees endemic to the region will be planted over the course of the project.

“The Queensland Government funding will also enable Weyba Creek Bushcare Group to engage a contractor to help with the weed treatment, brush cutting, chain sawing and weed removal.

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell, said the Everyone’s Environment grants were providing support to grassroots environmental projects with $12 million available over three rounds concluding in 2014/15.

“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, revegetated or rehabilitated;
  • 35,700 kilograms of rubbish removed (equivalent to almost 370 wheelie bins); and
  • 7,150 volunteers engaged

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