Grants offer $3 million hand to Qld environment groups

FERAL dogs, wild pigs, infectious weeds and rubbished waterways will each be the target of new funding to be given to community groups.

The $3.4 million pool of funds will be shared among 83 organisations, with tens of thousands going to projects in Cental Queensland, the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Ipswich and to rural areas including Tambo in the state's south west.

Environment minister Andrew Powell travelled to the Port of Abbot Point near Bowen and then to Charleville to personally announce the funding to select groups.

At the port, Mr Powell used the coal terminal as a backdrop to deliver $90,000 to bolster efforts by local groups and the Whitsunday council to cull feral pigs in the nearby wetlands.

In Charleville region, Mr Powell revealed $500,000 will be spent on 14 projects, including $36,100 to tackle feral dogs, pigs, cats and weed infestation in South Tambo.

Other projects include $60,000 to remove camphor laurel trees at Buderim on the Sunshine Coast, $79,100 to improve Ipswich's Bremer River, $99,263 to add environmental value to properties in Sarina south of Mackay and $39,188 to attack "bellyache bush" along Springsure Creek in the Central Highlands.

The grants firm the second round of the Everyone's Environment scheme which now adds up to more than $6 million spent over two years.

In 2012, the grant program supplied $3 million to 74 projects.

Applications for the next round of Everyone's Environment grants will open in 2014.

For the full list of projects funded in this round of grants, visit http://www.dehp.qld.gov.au



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