Funding for environmental projects an investment in region’s natural values

Tamborine Mountain Landcare has received $20,000 in grants to partially fund its Corridors and Reserves Regeneration Project to maintain and extend it network of vegetation corridors which link major creeks, national parks, Council reserves and other wildlife linkages.

Community groups, schools and individuals working to preserve the Scenic Rim’s green spaces, waterways and native plant and animal habitats will share in more than $104,000 in funding through Council’s 2021-2022 Environmental Grants Program.

At its Ordinary Meeting this week, Council approved funds totalling $104,300 for 38 environmental projects which will contribute to preserving and enhancing the Scenic Rim’s natural values.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said Council had received a record number of 61 applications for projects which totalled $345,000 – some three times the Budget allocation for 2021-2022.

“Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the tremendous interest and enthusiasm from local community groups, landholders and organisations in enhancing the natural environment of our spectacular Scenic Rim region,” he said.

“In assessing the many grant applications, Council has aimed to provide maximum value to the community by supporting the widest range of worthwhile projects, in many cases through partial funding.

“The Scenic Rim is one of the most bio-diverse areas in Australia and maintaining habitat for this wide range of native plant and animal species is very much a partnership between Council and the community.”

The 38 grant applications to be funded through the Environmental Grants Program in 2021-2022 include:

  • restoration of koala and rock wallaby habitats,
  • rehabilitation of bushfire-affected areas at Binna Burra and Kerry,
  • restoration of wildlife corridors, riverbeds and creek banks,
  • eradication of invasive weeds and cane toads,  and
  • restoration of some of the region’s last remaining stands of Brigalow scrub and Giant Ironwood trees.

Tamborine Mountain Landcare was a major beneficiary of the grants program, receiving partial funding for its project to regenerate vegetation corridors and reserves.

Boonah and District Landcare has received $2,398 grant funding for its Cane Toad Buster Project to capture, bait and trap cane toads to reduce populations.

President Judith Roland welcomed the funding announcement and said Tamborine Mountain Landcare was pleased to see so many other groups share in the grants.

“Tamborine Mountain Landcare’s major project over the past few years has been the Biodiversity Corridors Project, which has been developed to connect National Parks with Council land to provide safe passage for native wildlife, and to make sure our forests will be resilient to changes in climate, and other factors impacting the environment on Tamborine Mountain,” she said.

“This round of grants has had many applicants, and we are very happy that many private property owners will benefit as well, to regenerate and to provide more wildlife habitat on their own properties.

“Tamborine Mountain Landcare is once again very appreciative to be offered a Scenic Rim Regional Council Environmental Grant for 2022.”

Cr Christensen said that projects supported by the Environmental Grants Program complemented Council initiatives and the significant contribution of landowners in maintaining habitats for native animals on private property.

“Community groups and schools also play an important role through education and awareness programs, weed control and wildlife habitat improvement activities and wildlife conservation,” he said.

“Our Environmental Grants Program represents a substantial investment by Council in conserving and enhancing some of our region’s most valuable natural assets, our spectacular scenery and healthy environment.

“It also supports our Biodiversity Strategy which recognises the importance of protecting the region’s many rare and threatened species and the ecological balance that is vital for the Scenic Rim’s key industries of tourism and agriculture.”

The following schools, community groups and individuals and their projects funded through Council’s Environmental Grants Program 2021-2022 are as follows:

  • Canungra State School – Riverbed Project
  • Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee Inc – Ecological Restoration of Yamahra Creek through Weed Eradication
  • Beechmont District Landcare Association Inc SRRC/Landcare Reserves in Beechmont Ecological Restoration and Remediation
  • Aberle Encouraging Biodiversity Project
  • Callum – Northpoint/Milbong Nature Refuge Project
  • Szumer – Madeira Vine Project
  • Cox Tree Planting Project
  • Shephard – Top Shelf and Bartle Grove Project
  • Fedys – Hillside Restoration Project
  • Beale – Brush-Tailed Rock Wallaby – Habitat Regeneration Project
  • Brisbane Grammar School – Invasive Species Control Project
  • Smith – Maintain Wildlife Habitat from National Park to Reynolds Creek Project
  • Muller – Invasive Weed Control Program
  • Tamborine Mountain Landcare Inc – Tamborine Mountain Corridors and Reserves Regeneration Project
  • Wild Mountains Trust – Wild Mountains Western Slopes Regeneration
  • Aagaard – Farm Wildlife Corridor Project
  • Bonner – Saving Remnant Scrub
  • Ison – Reinstate Habitat for Flora, Fauna and Fungi
  • Friends of Binna Burra – Post-fire Binna Burra Bush Rehabilitation
  • Hansen – Invasive Species Eradication Project
  • Bourke – Rainforest Regeneration Project
  • Luck – Canungra Creek Project
  • Boonah and District Landcare Inc – Cane Toad Buster Project
  • Guilfoyle – Cats Claw Creeper Weed Control Project
  • O’Sullivan – Invasive Weed Removal Program
  • Burgess – Habitat Restoration Project
  • Powell – Restoration of Degraded Creek Line, Lower Shelf and Rainforest Edges
  • Graeme – Coomera River Riparian Recovery Project
  • Biddaddaba Creek Action Group Inc – Biddaddaba Creek restoration and Rejuvenation
  • Price – Weed Clearing Project
  • Boomerang Lagoon Community Group – Floating Wetlands and Tree Planting at Boomerang Lagoon, Kooralbyn
  • Suter – Lantana Eradication at Larapinta
  • Day – Weed Control Project
  • Solyma – Sandy Creek Riparian Restoration Project
  • Glas Lantana Removal Project
  • Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Trust – Crawford’s Corner Project
  • Hellyer Lantana Eradication Project
  • Hamilton – Brigalow Restoration Project