COMING CLEAN: NICA volunteers help to preserve our local waterways.
COMING CLEAN: NICA volunteers help to preserve our local waterways.

Grassroots enviro action: How Noosa is staying green

NOOSA has scored grassroots green funding to mark World Environment Day last Friday to help protect the Biopshere through the Federal Government's Communities Environment Program.

Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien said: "We are so fortunate to live in an area of outstanding, unspoilt natural beauty, and it is important that we keep up the good work in protecting our precious and unique flora and fauna so that future generations can enjoy it too."

The successful applications include:

• Noosa and District Landcare Group - $19,266 for the Noosa Trail Network: Shepperson's Lane Lookout Revegetation Project, revegetating 1.05ha of native bushland by replacing invasive weeds with 1800 native shade tree, ground cover and tube stock species.

• Sunshine Butterflies - $20,000 to replenish dams and revegetate the land with native flora which will improve habitat, provide vegetation linkages and available food sources for threatened native species.

• Peregian Beach Community Association - $7,500 for the David Low Way Restoration and Weed Management project, which will restore native plants and support the restoration of an endangered species of butterfly by enhancing its natural habitat.

• Noosa Integrated Catchment Association - $13,000 for the Wallum Woodland Wetland and Wildlife Rehabilitation project which will improve habitat by controlling weeds, removing rubbish, and revegetating rainforest and wetland areas.

• Cooroy Golf Club - $6934 to remove invasive trees and promote native vegetation regrowth. This will improve water quality, reduce erosion, and prevent threats to native flora and fauna within the area.

As well the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation score $20,000 to eradicate a range of invasive weeds over an area at Eurong and Happy Valley. This will prevent the spread of exotic plants into the surrounding World Heritage Listed National Park.

The Save the Mary River co-ordinating Group - $19,564 to improve upon the current vegetation and habitat for the threatened Mary River Turtle by planting native flora in the area.

Mr O'Brien said more than $200 million is being invested in urgent wildlife and habitat recovery projects in the wake of Australia's devastating bushfires.

Guided by ecologists and scientists from Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel, the Government is closely studying the impacts of the fires on the populations of iconic animals such as the koala.

Through the National Environmental science Program, the Government is also investing $290 million in evidence-based on-ground strategies that combine the latest environmental science with traditional knowledge and practical land care management.

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