Environment Levy supports 24 community groups
  • Thursday 21 August 2014
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FACT: Great environmental outcomes come from great community partnerships

Council endorsed a new Environment Levy Partnerships Program at its Ordinary Meeting today that will deliver more than half a million dollars to 24 environmentally focussed community groups.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the program provides up to three years funding to community groups whose operations or services contribute to the Sunshine Coast environment.

“We are lucky on the Sunshine Coast to have so many community groups who work tirelessly for the environment,” Cr McKay said.

“The program provides the support these groups need to continue delivering.

“The Environment Levy is an important program assisting to protect and enhance the Sunshine Coast environment. Our community groups are important partners for council and the Partnerships Funding Program is a sensible way to support them in achieving this.

“For the first time, this year’s program included an expression of interest phase, which allowed us to sit down with groups and establish some shared goals and priorities.

“We had a huge interest in the funding program this year, and I’m confident these stronger partnerships will take us one step closer to becoming Australia’s most sustainable region.”

Coolum and North Shore Coast Care is one successful applicant receiving a three-year partnership of $23,950 per year.  This group is an active and inclusive community group that undertakes activities such as turtle monitoring, dune rehabilitation, education and the management of a community nursery.

Another partner, the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee covers the largest catchment area in the region and was successful in receiving a three-year partnership of $66,601 per year.

This group is a well organised long-term partner coordinating with council programs and delivering catchment care in the Sunshine Coast hinterland including environmental extension in the hinterland, water quality monitoring, biodiversity investigation and monitoring, education and project support.

The $60 Environment Levy, contributed by all ratepayers annually, allows council to invest further in the region’s biodiversity, waterways and foreshores, and to strengthen partnerships with the community.

  Funding details

Applicant

Project

Suburb

Amount Funded per year

No of years funded

Barung Landcare Association Inc

Community Landcare in Action

Maleny

$47,000.00

3

Mooloolah River Waterwatch & Landcare inc.

Supporting the Health, Protection, Enhancement & Education of our rivers and natural eco-systems in partnership with the local community, Gubbi Gubbi Dyungungoo and the Sunshine Coast Council

Mooloolah Valley

$44,388.00

3

Coolum District Coast Care Group

Coordination and Management of Environmental Activities and Events 2014-2015

Yaroomba

$23,950.00

3

Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee

Catchment Care in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Gympie

$66,601.00

3

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide Ltd

Wildlife Food and Medical Supplies Partnership

Beerwah

$50,000.00

3

Yandina Community Gardens Inc.

Living Smart Communities

YANDINA

$11,600.00

1

Petrie Creek Catchment Care Group Inc.

Petrie Creek Catchment Care Group Extension Officer - Community and Organisational Support

Woombye

$12,672.00

3

Night Eyes Water and Landcare Inc.

Pumicestone Passage & Catchment Environmental Partnership

Golden Beach

$17,285.00

3

Maroochy Waterwatch Inc

Enabling community actions that contribute to the sustainable use and management of the Maroochy River catchment and surrounds

Nambour

$46,507.00

3

Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue Inc

Project Wildlife Rescue Rehabilitation and Education

Beerwah

$10,000.00

3

Sunshine Coast Environment Council

World Environment Day Festival

Nambour

$30,000.00

1

Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Support Group Inc

Wetlands Alive

Bli Bli

$3,685.00

3

Wildlife Volunteers Association Inc

Rescue and Rehabilitation of Australian Native Wildlife in South-East Queensland

Nambour West

$10,000.00

3

Reef Check Foundation Ltd

Celebrating the Sunshine Coast Marine Environment with Reef Check Australia

Brisbane

$25,000.00

3

Bat Rescue Inc

Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of Flying Foxes and Microbats

Nambour West

$10,000.00

3

Surfrider Foundation (Sunshine Coast Chapter)

(Part A) Marine Debris Removal from Sunshine Coast Beaches, (including, "Clean Up Double Island" Project, ) and (Part B) Marine Debris Lectures,  School Education Program

WARANA

$1,500.00

1

Currimundi Catchment Care Group Inc

CCCG Community Environment Action

Currimundi

$16,800.00

3

Glasshouse Mountains Advancement Network Inc.

Preservation of the Ecology and Cultural Heritage of the Glass House Mountains area.

Glass House Mountains

$2,650.00

1

The Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld - Sunshine Coast & Hinterland Inc

Faunawatch Sunshine Coast

Caloundra

$50,000.00

3

Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation

Indigenous Engagement - Caring for Saltwater Country on the Sunshine Coast

Bli Bli

$5,000.00

3

Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Inc

Saving Native Wildlife

Eumundi

$5,000.00

3

 

  Third year of funding

Applicant

Project

Suburb

Amount Funded

Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group Inc

Hinterland Bush Links

Maleny

$50,000

Australian Macadamia Society

Sunshine Coast Macadamia Conservation

Whole Sunshine Coast LGA

$5,000

Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens Inc

A Grant to Help our Gardens Grow

Tanawha

$4,566