15 March 2006 Cornmeal Creek to get 1200 new trees
Local businesses and members of the community are being invited to participate in the Cornmeal Creek Revegetation Project being held Friday 31 March at Cornmeal Creek, Maroochydore.
The project managed by Maroochy Council's Greening Maroochy is a partnership between Council, the community and Greening Australia's Queensland branch in an effort to restore the health of Cornmeal Creek.
"From the hinterland to the sea, the community is always striving to make our natural areas a better place to be," Maroochy Mayor Joe Natoli said.
"Volunteers, community groups, schools and businesses play a significant role in managing the Shire's diverse vegetation communities, ensuring the vital wildlife corridors and water quality are improved."
Cornmeal Creek begins on the Eastern slopes of Buderim escarpment, meandering through Wises Farm then flowing through Maroochydore's Sunshine Plaza before exiting into the Maroochy River along Cotton Tree Parade.
Division 10 Councillor Mick Hourigan said the native vegetation and wildlife has significantly dwindled in this area with the expansion of the urban footprint.
"The riparian corridors have become increasingly fragmented and degraded," Cr Hourigan said.
"And when placed under constant pressure they become vulnerable to weed invasion reducing their effectiveness even further."
Volunteers are already taking action, meeting every Friday to work along the Cornmeal Creek banks and corridors with the aim of restoring the creek to its former beauty.
"However, a proactive approach to environmental management can provide the value of a good reputation and greater community acceptance so we're inviting local organisations to jump on board and lend a hand," Cr Hourigan said.
"There's more than one way to help out," he said. "Assisting with promotion, food and drinks, tools and other resources will go a long way in improving the biodiversity of this region."
For further information on how to get involved with the Cornmeal Creek Revegetation Project call Maroochy Council Customer Service Centre on 5475 8501.
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