Glen Elmes calls "time's up" for Noosa's Singapore daisies

The Newman Government is supporting the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association’s assault on the Singapore Daisy in the Noosa catchment.

A declared Class 3 pest plant under Queensland legislation, the Singapore Daisy is a vigorous ground cover that out-competes natural habitat and has a habit of invading lawns, irrigated areas and drains.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes said a grant of almost $100,000 would be provided to the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association Inc through Round Two of the Newman Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants program.

“This project will reduce the occurrence of Singapore Daisy and improve the occurrence of native vegetation from a number of locations around Noosa,” Mr Elmes said.

“This will improve the amount of habitat for local fauna and enhance strategic wildlife corridors.”

“I am also very pleased that the Weyba Creek Bushcare Group will receive a grant of almost $20,000 to support them in restoring riparian bushland along Weyba Esplanade and Weyba Creek in Noosaville,” Mr Elmes said.

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell said the Everyone’s Environment grants scheme was to help practical environmental projects get off the ground.

“The NICA and WCBG projects in Noosa are two of 83 successful applications across the state that will share in $3.4 million in funding under Round Two of Everyone’s Environment grants program,” Mr Powell said.

Applications for Round Three of the Everyone’s Environment grants scheme will be called in 2014.

The grants scheme targets established local community groups which support or protect the natural environment, including:

  • Parents and Citizens’ groups on behalf of public and private schools
  • Landcare, Coastcare, Bushcare, Rivercare groups
  • Established and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups
  • Local Scout and Girl Guide groups
  • Rotary and Lions groups
  • catchment groups, and
  • environmental and conservation organizations