Revegetation of habitat for vulnerable koala populations will be a key focus of a new environmental project being undertaken by the Pittsworth District Landcare Association.
Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh joined representatives of the Pittsworth and District Landcare group today to announce $20,000 in funding towards the Healthy Land, Healthy People project, from the Coalition Government’s Communities Environment Program (CEP).
Dr McVeigh said the CEP was supporting community-based environmental groups with a range of important on-ground activities in the region to benefit the local environment.
“This project will address three priority issues – protecting native flora and fauna, improving waterways and greening urban areas,” Dr McVeigh said.
“Firstly it will support revegetation for vulnerable koala populations, including weed control and pest monitoring,” he said.
“Secondly the project will include erosion demonstrations and ongoing works; and thirdly it will feature on-ground activities to link sections of Pittsworth’s town greenbelt, enhancing public areas including Bridgman Oval, Pioneer Village and the Pittsworth Community Garden.”
Dr McVeigh said the Morrison Government was investing more than $22 million in the CEP to support environmental projects 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 quality of applications received from our local community and environmental organisations, and their enthusiasm to undertake practical environmental projects,” he said.
“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.”