Funding boost for Goomeri

THE Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BEIDO) in Goomeri has received $10,000 in funding from the State Government.

Local indigenous artists, school children and community members will use the funds to create five murals depicting a range of natural resource management issues.

Teacher resources and a DVD will be developed to accompany the artwork, which will be showcased at an exhibition in June this year.

The Government recently announced the $104,000 in Natural Resources Awareness grants designed to protect the environment and encourage green activity in Queensland communities; the BEIDO received the most funding under the scheme.

Natural Resources Parliamentary Secretary Michael Choi announced seventeen successful community organisations under the grants program.

Mr Choi said the 2010 theme was “Reducing our carbon footprint: Protecting, repairing, restoring the environment” and successful applications highlighted the benefit of local environmental action.

“These grants give local communities an opportunity to raise community awareness of our water, land and catchments, and encourage people to become involved in local sustainability issues,” he said.

“Think globally, act locally is the message the Bligh Government is sending through this program to protect our natural resources and protect the things that make Queensland a great state.”

Mr Choi said the program had seen fresh ideas and novel approaches to protecting local environments and raising awareness of natural resources.

“These Bligh Government grants will help organisations build community gardens, organise school environmental programs, re-vegetate stream banks and host community environmental art and film festivals,” he said.

“Queenslanders have really shown genuine creativity and that they are on board with the Bligh Government’s Toward Q2 Green Strategy.”

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