- Thursday 28 January 2016
Almost 280,000 square metres of Sunshine Coast roadsides, including 11 new sites in Division 1, will receive more frequent maintenance following an agreement between the Sunshine Coast Council and Transport and Main Roads. The agreement provides that council maintains the landscapes in medians and verges along state-owned roads, and the mowing and landscaping work is funded by state government. I know how strongly the community feels about maintaining our major roads and entry points to a high standard as these areas are the first thing people see when they visit our region, so it’s important we keep them looking good!
Emma Park, Beerwah Wetland project
Great news for the Pumicestone Catchment! Around 3000 plants have been planted in the south western corner of Emma Park adjacent to the Upper Coochin Creek Environmental Reserve. Grants from council’s Community Partnership Scheme and SEQ catchments, and the contribution of plants from Glasshouse Mountains Advancement Network helped restore the original vegetation in the wetland and will help to continue improving water quality.
Better local landscapes
Council is supporting the Skilling Queenslanders program run by the Department of Education and Training. Delivering employment opportunities to the long term unemployed, underemployed and people with a disability, program participants develop career skills while helping to build and maintain council assets in local communities. Local participants are sure to be proud of their contributions to valuable improvement projects including landscape refurbishment work at the corner of Bellvista Boulevard and Caloundra Road, and at Woodgrove Estate, Beerwah.
Weeds, fences and revegetation - apply now for help!
Expressions of Interest are now open for Landholder Environment Grants. If you are a private rural landholder within the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area and would like to undertake an on-ground project on your property to protect and enhance the natural assets and biodiversity of the region then these grants could assist. Funding is available for projects such as the installation of fencing to restrict stock access to vegetation and waterways, revegetation to restore degraded areas, control of environmental weeds and the modification of fencing to make it more wildlife-friendly. Submit an Expression of Interest online to have a council conservation officer visit your property to discuss the project in more detail. Expressions of interest close 5pm Monday, February 22. For further information visit council’s website or contact a grants officer on email@example.com or 5420 8616.
First published in Caloundra Weekly January 28, 2016