A leapfrog for local environment
  • Wednesday 30 March 2011

‘Vibrant, green and diverse’ is more than just a catchcry for Sunshine Coast Council.

A 2.2 hectare pocket of land at Pacific Paradise will be rehabilitated by council in a move that will help preserve a number of endangered, vulnerable and rare fauna species.

Environment Portfolio holder, Cr Keryn Jones a number of actions would be carried out to rehabilitate the site, that was previously identified as the location for the North Shore Community Centre.

"Rehabilitating this site will involve reinstating vegetation diversity to certain areas that were previously cleared and this will help protect a variety of vulnerable fauna species including the Wallum Sedgefrog, the Wallum Froglet and the Wallum Rocketfrog," she said.

"These rehabilitation works at Menzies Drive will rehabilitate a very delicate part of the local coastal environment so it’s an excellent outcome for the Sunshine Coast."

Asset Management and Works Portfolio holder, Cr Ted Hungerford said the forecast total cost of rehabilitation of the site with three years maintenance was $50,100.

"This will involve revegetation at the site with suitable species along with removal and maintenance of weeds from edge areas of existing vegetation," he said.

"A number of required gates and bollards will also be installed."

Funding has been allocated for initial site protection through the current 2010/2011 Operational budget. Further funding for rehabilitation works will be sourced through other Capital Works projects that require offset vegetation works in future years.