- Thursday 22 October 2015
Eye on environment
I would like to dedicate this column to the Sunshine Coast’s enviable environment which would not be achievable and sustainable without the benefits of the Environment Levy and the support of the community.
Through the levy, council has been protecting and enhancing environmentally significant land, delivering on-ground actions, building our knowledge, and engaging and supporting the Sunshine Coast community.
An extensive program of native plantings, weeding, nest box distribution, grants, partnerships, workshops and education days has been undertaken in the past 12 months.
To break it down:
- $310,000 went towards getting 12 reserves ready to be part of council’s conservation network with new access points, fire trail upgrades, bush regeneration and weed control.
- $843,000 went into delivering on-ground environmental projects, like removing weeds in road reserves, rehabilitating coastal dunes and reserves, and restoring waterway vegetation in the Pumicestone Passage and Maroochy River.
- $1.4 million was invested in engaging with and supporting 24 Sunshine Coast community groups, 118 private landowners and an army of volunteers in their conservation efforts.
- $2.1 million was spent on other environmental management activities, including flying fox and pest management, and supporting council’s environment education facilities.
And, of course, council’s partnership with the community plays a critical role in the continued protection of our environment. As well as doing your bit at home such as recycling to keep unnecessary waste going into landfill and conserving water and energy where possible, why not explore some of council’s stunning natural reserves or even head along to one of our regular community planting days.
The next planting day is at Kirby Road Reserve, Obi Obi. It’s a fun and free event with morning tea, water, BBQ lunch and equipment for planting provided. As well as the planting, there’s an informative talk ‘Weed Triage & What do micro bats have to do with revegetation?’ and a choice of a guided walk to eastern creek gorge or a hands-on workshop. Booking is essential. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about the Environment Levy and ways you can be more environmentally friendly on council’s website.