Half a million dollars for local environment groups
  • Friday 11 December 2009

Nine community organisations working with council on key environmental projects were today granted in excess of half a million dollars to meet running costs this financial year.

The grants, funded in part from the Sunshine Coast Environment Levy, are a transitional arrangement ahead of council’s new Community Partnership Funding Program to be rolled out next financial year.

Environment Portfolio holder, Keryn Jones said council was committed to building strong community networks and to supporting them with information, expertise and resources.

“The environment is our collective responsibility but council could not achieve its vision for environmental sustainability without a small army of volunteers from hard working community organisations,” Cr Jones said.

Organisations receiving funding include Barung Landcare, Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Fauna Watch Sunshine Coast, Maroochy Waterwatch, Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee, Mooloolah Waterwatch, Noosa and District Landcare Group, Noosa Integrated Catchment Association and the Sunshine Coast Environment Council.

“These grants are an investment in our most proactive environmental organisations providing them with foundation funding and the certainty needed to maintain and grow their environmental projects and volunteer programs,” Cr Jones said.

“They will assist these groups to deliver community education and awareness raising programs, to monitor and clean up waterways, to monitor fauna, control weeds, rehabilitate bushland, care for injured animals, plan property and host major community environmental events.”

The CPFP is additional to council’s Grants Program.

Contact the Community Partnership officer via council’s customer service centre for more information on the CPFP and visit council’s website for more on the Grants Program.