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Westside environment groups receive financial boost

02 March, 2015

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has provided 10 grants totalling more than $85,000 to westside environment groups though the 2014-15 Environmental Grants program.

The Lord Mayor said a total of 21 recipients across the city would share in more than $154,000, with successful groups on the westside including:
• Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious Environment Protection Association (Pullenvale Ward) who will receive $13,210 for the Southern D’Aguilar Strategic Weed Partnership project targeting environmental weeds within the Council road reserve of Mt Nebo Road.
• Save Our Waterways Now (The Gap Ward) who will receive $18,160 for operating and administration expenses for the club facility and native plant nursery.
• Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network (Pullenvale Ward) who will receive $3750 for operating and administration expenses.
• Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network (Pullenvale Ward) who will receive $16,200 for the Cubberla Creek Connect restoration project within Dillingen Street Park in Chapel Hill.
• Oxley Creek Catchment Association who will receive $11,322 for the Creek Care project at Salisbury Recreation Reserve which will involve a community day to educate and recruit volunteers to the Habitat Brisbane Rocky Waterholes Catchment Group and subsequent bushland restoration on-ground activities.
• Ironside Bushcare Group – Habitat Brisbane (Walter Taylor Ward) who will receive $6930 for the Ironside Park (St Lucia) gully restoration project.
• Brushbox Bushcare Group (Pullenvale Ward) who will receive $6180 for erosion reduction at Rebecca Street Park in Chapel Hill.
• The Hut Environmental and Community Association (Pullenvale Ward) who will receive $5000 for operating and administration expenses.
• Brisbane Rainforest Action and Information Network (The Gap Ward) who will receive $3200 for nest box installation for birds and mammals and maintenance and monitoring for the ‘Bring Back the Critters’ project at Glenella Street Park in The Gap.
• Save Our Waterways Now (The Gap and Toowong Wards) who will receive $1691for the Enoggera Catchment Creek Health Monitoring Program.

The Lord Mayor said the funding would support volunteer groups to carry out on-the-ground environmental projects to improve Brisbane’s natural environment.

“Community groups play a major role in their local areas and are instrumental in protecting and enhancing Brisbane’s natural environment, particularly the work they do to restore natural habitats,” Cr Quirk said.

“Every day, these volunteers are working to protect our city’s biodiversity, enhance the quality of degraded habitats and create spaces where people can meet and learn about environmental and sustainability issues.

Cr Quirk said the program focused around enhancing and protecting biodiversity including bushland, wetlands and coastal ecosystem conservation, as well as fauna and flora species conservation.

“The funding will assist Brisbane’s environmental groups undertake initiatives that address habitat and species conservation which have local or citywide benefits,” he said.
[Ends] MARCH 02, 2015



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