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Lord Mayor accounces new 'weed-fighting' assistance program

10 May, 2013

Lord Mayor announces new ‘weed-fighting’ assistance program

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is lending a hand to individuals and groups helping to restore and repair Brisbane’s bushland areas, today announcing the successful recipients of Council’s Community Conservation Initiatives Assistance (CCIA) program.

The Lord Mayor said the program was developed to deliver on-ground weed removal and rehabilitation projects that supported the efforts of Habitat Brisbane and Catchment Groups as well as private landholders registered within the Wildlife Conservation Partnership Program (Land for Wildlife).

Cr Quirk said more than $571,000 worth of on-ground assistance would be distributed among 31 groups, to help maintain and restore the city’s unique natural environment.

“Brisbane is Australia’s most biologically diverse capital city and this first-time program is part of our vision to become the country’s cleanest and greenest city,” Cr Quirk said.

“This program recognises the importance our community groups and private landholders have in protecting and enhancing Brisbane’s natural environment, particularly the on-the-ground work they are doing to remove invasive weeds species and restore natural habitats.

“Weeds are one of the major threats to biodiversity – they smother native plants and remove food and shelter for our wildlife – so it is important that we support weed-fighting activities.”

Cr Quirk said the program was an ‘assistance’ program, with funding used to employ contractors in locations suggested by the community to remove weeds and restore native bushland.

“Any assistance provided through this program will help groups and individuals deliver and expand current projects to reduce the impact of invasive weeds, delivering enormous benefits to the city,” he said.

“Projects will be undertaken across a range of suburbs, helping to strengthen our ecological corridors, prevent erosion and run-off and rehabilitate core habitats.

“These areas support a diversity of flora and fauna, including numerous bird species, wallabies, possums and bandicoots, and rely on healthy habitat corridors to survive.”

Cr Quirk said the program also recognised that Brisbane’s biodiversity depended on maintaining corridors threatened by invasive weeds and animals that cross property boundaries.

The 31 successful projects for assistance through Council’s CCIA program include:
North-west
• $9,500 for the removal of invasive weeds species and supply of native plants at Upper Kedron. 2 Private Landowners in Upper Kedron.

Continued:
• $29,292 for weed removal and supply of native plants at Upper Kedron. 3 Private Landowners in Upper Kedron.

East
• $5,000 for removal of weeds and replanting of natives at Manly West. Private Landowner in Manly West.
• $12,465 for the removal of weeds and replanting natives in Mookin-bah Reserve at Wakerley. Bayside Creeks Catchment Groups - Mookin-bah Reserve, Greencamp Road, Wakerley.
• $4,000 for the removal of a Chinese Elm and slash pines in Carmichael Park at Tingalpa. Carmichael Park Habitat Brisbane Bushcare Group - Carmichael Park, Greenslade Street, Tingalpa.

South-east
• $22,000 for wine weeds removal on adjoining properties at Carindale. 2 Private Landowners in Carindale.
• $4,000 for herbicide treatment to control vines in Whites Hill Reserve at Carina Heights. Save Care Regenerate Urban Bushland SCRUB Habitat Brisbane Group - Whites Hill Reserve.

South-west
• $25,000 for control and removal of weeds using only hand tools within the riparian zone of Wolston Creek Bushland Reserve at Riverhills. Wacol Station Road, Wolston Creek Bushland Reserve - Woslton Creek Habitat Brisbane Bushcare Group.
West
• $73,479 for large scale project to remove vine weeds and restoration of native vegetation on adjoining properties at The Gap. Yarrabee Road, The Gap, Habitat Brisbane Bushcare site. Glenella Street Parklands Enoggera Habitat Brisbane Bushcare site. 13 Private Properties in the Gap.
• $16,560 for the removal of large weed trees and invasive vine weeds from creek bank at The Gap. Yoorala Street, Bushcare Group - Yoolarla St the Gap. SOWN - Cooamulling Park The Gap. Bob Wilson Bushcare Group - Illowara Road The Gap.
• $32,794 for creek bank stabilisation, erosion reduction, vegetation restoration and weed suppression project at The Gap. Alutha Road, The Gap, Wittonga Park Habitat Brisbane Bushcare Group. 2 private landowners in The Gap.
• $27,600 for treatment of new and emerging vine weeds and restoration of native vegetation on properties within close proximity to one another at Brookfield. 3 Private Landowners in The Gap.
• $7,000 for vine weeds removal across adjoining properties at Upper Brookfield. 2 Private Landowners in Upper Brookfield.
• $22,847 for weed removal and creek bank stabilisation through revegetation at Brookfield. 2 Private Landowners in Brookfield.
• $37,600 for weed removal and natural regeneration across adjoining properties in Upper Brookfield. 7 Private Landowners in Upper Brookfield.
• $20,700 for the removal of lantana to promote natural regeneration to create a wildlife corridor at Pullenvale. 5 Private Landowners in Pullenvale.
• $22,100 for removal of large weed trees along creek bank at The Gap. Moggill Creek Catchment Group - Deerhurst Rd Park, The Gap.
• $12,500 for wine weeds removal on adjoining properties at Brookfield. 3 Private Landowners in Brookfield.
• $10,000 for removal and onsite mulching of weed trees growing along a shared boundary at Anstead. 2 Private landowners in Anstead.
• $30,500 for treatment of weeds across properties in close proximity to encourage natural regeneration of vegetation at Upper Brookfield. 4 Private Landowners in Upper Brookfield.
• $31,702 for the treatment of environmental weeds across properties and the promotion of natural regeneration at Upper Brookfield. 5 Private Landowners in Upper Brookfield.
• $16,913 for the treatment and removal of large weed trees at Fig Tree Pocket. Cliveden Ave Reserve and Benarrawa Park, Corinda.
• $10,071 for restoration of riparian zone cleared of weeds by volunteers at Bardon. 390 Simpson's Road, Bardon - Stonebrooke Habitat Brisbane Bushcare Group.
• $4,500 for control and removal of lantana and replanting in Shelly Creek at Kholo.1 Private Landowner in Kholo.
• $4,000 for herbicide application to weeds in Barnett Road Park at Bardon. Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) - Barnett Road Bardon.
• $3,628 for control of lantana, and other environmental weeds and replanting works at Anstead. 1 Private Landowner in Anstead.
• $10,390 for control exotic grasses and other weeds and replanting on the riparian buffer zone along Pullen Pullen Creek at Pullenvale. Pullenvale Forest Park Habitat Brisbane Bushcare Group - Pullenvale Forest Park, Pullenvale Road.
• $30,000 for removal of large weed trees, woody weeds and vines and replanting in riparian zone of Moggill Creek, in Tucket Street Park at Kenmore. Tuckett Street, The Gap. Huntington and Kenmore Hills Habitat Brisbane Bushcare Group.
• $4,999 for removal of the last three mature three mature camphor laurel trees at Indooroopilly. Rainbow Forest - Rainbow Forest Experimental Rehabilitation Habitat Brisbane Bushcare Group.
• $19,730 for an herbicide treatment and removal of exotic vines and woody weeds in Cubberla Creek on Council land at Chapel Hill. Dillengen Street Park, Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network.
• $10,000 for the removal of weeds on sloping bank in Cubberla Creek on Council land at Chapel Hill. Greenford St Chapel Hill, Merri Merri Park - Cubberla-Wilton Catchments Network.



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