Grants help build environment sustainability
  • Monday 19 January 2015
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If you own a rural property on the Sunshine Coast and would like to protect and enhance the biodiversity of your land and of the region, why not consider applying for a Landholder Environment Grant?

Holder of Community Programs and Environment Portfolios, Councillor Jenny McKay said the Environment Levy Landholder Environment Grants enabled council to work together with the community to help protect the environment.

“These grants allow a partnership approach to the delivery of projects that protect our region’s natural assets, preserve the biodiversity of the region and promote ecologically sustainable management of our environment,” Cr McKay said.

“Funded by the Environment Levy Program, the Landholder Environment Grants last year assisted 111 landholders deliver projects and programs to the value of $384,000.

“Projects that are eligible for funding may include fencing to restrict stock access to vegetation and waterways, revegetation to restore degraded areas or establish vegetation corridors and control of environmental weeds.

“Priority is given to projects with high ecological values and that have good landowner contribution.”

The Environment Levy Landholder Environment Grant has a three stage application process.

Step 1 – All applicants must submit an Expression of Interest form by 5pm, February 23.
Step 2 – A council officer will arrange to visit your property to discuss the project.
Step 3 – Applicants to submit an online application form.

To find out if your project is eligible, contact a grants officer on 5475 7272, email grants@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/grants.

Environment Levy Grants for not-for-profit community groups are also currently available under council’s Community Grants Program. Further information is available on council’s website.