Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh today announced funding of more than $36,000 for the first three local environmental projects to be successful under the Morrison Government’s Communities Environment Program (CEP).
Dr McVeigh said the CEP was all about harnessing the passion of grassroots community organisations to deliver practical local projects that directly improve the local environment.
“Here in Oakey, the Oakey Landcare Group will receive $4,600 under the CEP to plant 500 eucalyptus trees to enhance the local habitat for the region’s koala population and improvement the soil and amenity of the area more broadly,” Dr McVeigh said.
“We are lucky to have koala populations living in our region and it’s important that we all work together to ensure they can continue to live in their natural environment.”
Dr McVeigh said the Condamine Catchment Management Association will receive $12,000 for its Coalbank Boundary Road Reserve Improvement Project.
“The project will involve the removal of Weeds of National Significance (WONS) from the Coalbank Boundary Reserve to help increase propagation of native vegetation, improving the habitat for flora, fauna, and the many bird varieties in this catchment.”
The South Myall Catchment Landcare has also been successful attracting $20,000 for its work to protect the Weeping Myall Woodlands.
“This important project will help protect the endangered evergreen thickets and Weeping Myall Woodlands by improving health of native vegetation and species, and strategically removing invasive WONS.”
Dr McVeigh said the Morrison Government was investing more than $22 million in the Communities Environment Program to support environmental projects in every electorate across Australia, with grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000.
A broad range of organisations were eligible to apply, including local community clubs, not-for-profit organisations, landcare groups and schools.
“I was very pleased with the high quality of applications received from our local community and environmental organisations, and their enthusiasm to undertake practical environmental projects,” he said.
“This new funding for three local projects will help to make the region cleaner and greener for future generations, and I look forward seeing positive on-ground environmental outcomes delivered by these projects in the future.
“I thank Southern Queensland Landscapes, our local independent natural resource management body, for their assistance in considering the applications and I look forward to announcing other successful projects in the near future.”
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