100,000th tree planted to help restore local river systems

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Mayor Mark Jamieson and Environment Portfolio Councillor, Jenny McKay, planting trees at the edge of the Mooloolah River

A rehabilitation program designed to improve water quality and increase biodiversity in the Sunshine Coast’s river catchments has reached a significant milestone.

Mayor Mark Jamieson today (May 15) joined local land holders to take part in a tree-planting project that, when complete, will see around 134,000 trees planted to rehabilitate the region’s major river catchments.

Mayor Jamieson planted the milestone 100,000th tree on public land adjacent to the Mooloolah River at Glenview.

It is one of 36,000 trees to be planted along the Mooloolah River this year, involving 18 landholders and three council sites.

Mayor Jamieson said the River Rehabilitation program, which commenced in 2009, had already seen thousands of trees planted and even more protected throughout the Mary, Maroochy and Mooloolah River catchments along with the Bells Creek and Currimundi Creek areas.

“This is a wonderful example of our Environment Levy delivering significant benefits for both our natural environment, and the wider community now and into the future,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“In 2017/18 financial year, council has invested $1.48 million into on-ground environmental projects, such as weed removal in road reserves, rehabilitating coastal dunes and reserves, and restoring waterway vegetation in the Mary River, Maroochy River and Pumicestone Passage.

 “Projects like this aim to reduce erosion, improve overall catchment health, protect endangered flora species and, ultimately, also improve water quality throughout the region’s waterways.

 “Council has not only planted trees on public land within these critically important areas, but through this program, and initiatives such as the Land for Wildlife network, we have partnered with private landholders to adopt a holistic approach to catchment management across our region.

“I would like to extend our thanks, on behalf of the community, particularly to the private land holders across the region who have worked with us to achieve these important environmental outcomes.”

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay applauded the efforts of local landholders and community groups to deliver improvements for the region’s major catchments.

“None of this would be possible without support from each and every ratepayer through our Environment Levy, so all Sunshine Coast residents should be very proud of this achievement,” Cr McKay said.

“This will not only improve our natural environment and our river catchments today, but will protect and enhance our region’s iconic waterways for future generations.”

Fast Facts: The Environment Levy River Rehabilitation Projects across the region include:
Mooloolah River (Phase 1) – 35,000 trees planted
Maroochy River – 11,000 trees planted
Bells Creek – 7500 trees planted
Mary River – 43,5000 trees planted
Currimundi Creek – 1440 trees being planted
Mooloolah River (Phase 2) – approximately 36,000 trees being planted.

·  In 2017/18 financial year, council has invested $1.48 million through our Environment Levy into on-ground environmental projects, such as weed removal in road reserves, rehabilitating coastal dunes and reserves, and restoring waterway vegetation in the Mary River, Maroochy River and Pumicestone Passage.

·  Revegetation and rehabilitation has occurred on both public and private land.

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