Council granted environmental wish
  • Saturday 28 July 2012

A range of endangered flora and fauna species are set to receive a helping hand thanks to a major environmental project grant secured by Sunshine Coast Council.

Council received a grant for $464,023 from the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Program for its Sunshine Coast Engagement and Critical Aquatic Habitat Project. Environment Portfolio Councillor Tony Wellington said the project would help facilitate a wide range of environmental works across the region over the next 12 months.

"This grant will enable council to operate in partnership with our dedicated network of 400 volunteers from 22 local conservation groups," he said.

"Works will focus on coastal and marine rehabilitation and enhancement of marine habitats. This will include dune stabilisation, waterways and wetlands rehabilitation, creating wildlife corridors and other preventative conservation actions.

"These projects will have a direct impact on coastal and aquatic habitats across the Sunshine Coast: home to a variety of endangered species including turtles, frogs and migratory shorebirds."

Projects sites will include: Coolum Beach; Yaroomba; North and South Marcoola; Mudjimba; Moffat Beach; North and South Peregian Beach; Alexandra Headlands; Cotton Tree; Sunshine Beach; Marcus Beach; Shelley Beach; Boreen Point; Heritage Park Noosa; Cranks Creek Noosa; Maroochydore Beach; Maroochy River Maroochydore, Noosa River Tewantin; Weyba and Seaview Creeks Noosa.