Local groups benefit from environmental grants
GYMPIE Landcare, the Pomona school, Cooloola Coastcare and the Macadamia Society are among the local groups to benefit from almost $200,000 handed out to organisations in and near Gympie this week.
The money is from the latest round of the State Government's Everyone's Environment grants program.
Gympie and District Landcare Group was awarded $65,300 to work with landholders in the Gympie area to actively promote a range of beneficial bugs, bees and beetles.
Member for Gympie David Gibson said the group would raise awareness of the value of beneficial insects by hosting cross pollination days, creating regional specific resources and develop display material at agricultural events.
"It will also support work to maintain habitat for beneficial insects, expand bio-control rearing and promote greater use of bio-control agents for locally significant weeds," he said.
"The Australian Macadamia Society will receive $40,000 to similarly help local community-based organisations to rear, release and monitor biological control agents to manage cats claw creeper and madeira vine."
He said the Cooloola Coastcare Association was awarded $62,785 to commence a water quality monitoring program on the Cooloola Coast wetlands and waterways (Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach).
"This project will collect water quality data at a minimum of 12 sites twice a year over three years to establish baseline data for local waterways," the Minister said.
Pomona State School Parents and Citizens Association will receive $13,100 to remove debris and weeds from the Pomona State School grounds, allowing water to flow freely during heavy rain and help stop water backing up and flooding the area.
The money will also be used for re-vegetation to provide native animal habitat.
Friends of YOUR 3 Mile Creek will receive a $10,000 grant to remove weeds from three properties on the Benian Rd precinct at The Palms, helping native vegetation to continue to grow in the area and assist in the stabilisation of the creek bank.