Four local organisations will form new partnerships with Sunshine Coast Council this year to help protect and enhance our region’s precious wildlife and natural environment thanks to $75,000 from the Environment Levy Partnerships Funding Program.
The new partnerships for 2018-19 include Koala Rescue Queensland Inc, Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group and Wildlife Rescue Sunshine Coast.
With funding for these groups, in addition to the 18 continuing partnerships, a total of $609,734 will be invested from the program this financial year.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Environment Levy Partnerships Funding program allowed council to better engage and work with the community to build effective partnerships to assist in the delivery of environmental strategies, including the Environment and Liveability Strategy 2017.
“The Environment Levy program funds operational expenses for incorporated community organisations for up to three years,” Cr McKay said.
“This year, we are pleased to welcome back three groups – Koala Rescue Queensland Inc, Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens and Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group – who have been partners with the program previously, along with one completely new addition – Wildlife Rescue Sunshine Coast.
“Council officers work with these successful partner organisations to build capacity towards good governance and sustainable practices, with a view to ensuring value for money from ratepayer investment.
“Most importantly, these partnerships are about council working together with the community to protect and enhance our natural environment as we continue to build a pathway to a healthy environment and liveable Sunshine Coast.”
For further information about council’s partnerships and grants programs, visit council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au .
Some recent funding benefits:
- Since June 2016, Coolum and North Shore Coast Care, working at nine sites, has planted 4465 native plants and removed 918 wheelie bins of weeds in addition to large number of environmental weeds managed in situ.
- Over the last three years, our six community nurseries have supplied 73,224 native plants that were planted on Land for Wildlife properties.
- Glasshouse Mountains Advancement Network Inc has established a second koala food plantation at Pinelands Park in partnership with council.
- Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens and the Maroochy Wetlands Support Group are providing a significant presence at the two centres to assist around 100,000 visitors a year in addition to on-ground works.