Landholders granted $276,000 for conservation projects
  • Friday 18 November 2011

Private landholders have received an early Christmas gift from Sunshine Coast Council with the granting of $276,448 to carry out conservation work on 107 properties across the region.

Funded by the Sunshine Coast Environment Levy, the Landholder Environment Grants provide financial assistance for private landholders to undertake projects that protect and enhance the natural assets and biodiversity of the Sunshine Coast.

Revegetation activities, planting of native trees to improve wildlife habitats, fencing of waterways to exclude livestock, landslip repairs, as well as weed eradication are just a few examples of projects that will receive grant funds.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Keryn Jones said private landholders play a big part in protecting the Sunshine Coast’s diversity as almost 55 per cent of our region’s remnant vegetation areas are in private ownership.

"The Landholder Environment Grants provide landholders with financial assistance for environmental work that they have had on the ‘to do’ list," Cr Jones said.

"Council recognises that we need to work together with landholders to protect as much of our region’s biodiversity as we can."

"Council’s range of grants programs help to stimulate and support diverse and dynamic projects as they encourage engagement and participation in the community and help develop more resilient communities."

The next call for Expressions of Interest in the Landholder Environment Grant will open on 6 February 2012.

Further details are available on council’s website or from customer contact centres, phone 5475 7272.