March 10, 2021

Noosa students will get their hands dirty and learn about revegetation thanks to a Federal Government grant for bushfire recovery, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announced today.

Mr O’Brien said the Morrison Government is backing bushfire recovery for wildlife and habitat projects in Wide Bay with $149,750 for the Noosa Environmental Education Hub and $29,952 for Noosa Integrated Catchment Association, as part of a $10 million community grants program.

“These grants are an important initiative that gives local volunteers and community groups the support they need to help our precious natural environment recover from the terrible bushfires in the Noosa Council area in 2019,” Mr O’Brien said.

“There is still a lot of environmental recovery to take place, and Noosa Integrated Catchment Association’s grant will help rehabilitate a section of the eastern and southern perimeter of Girraween Nature Refuge, with weed and rubbish removal, plant propagation and revegetation.

“The funding for the Noosa Environmental Education Hub will engage Year 9 students at Sunshine Beach High, Noosa District High and St Theresa’s College to aid the Biosphere’s recovery process, including with seed collection, weed control and revegetation projects, and they can carry that knowledge forward with them to educate future generations.”

The Liberal and Nationals Government is investing $200 million in bushfire wildlife and habitat recovery under the $2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund.

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said that individual grants range from $5000 to $150,000, and will back dedicated volunteers, Indigenous organisations, Landcare, wildlife sanctuaries and community groups.

“This is about working with communities, about people getting out into the bush, getting on their hands and knees to remove weeds, climbing trees to install nesting boxes and erecting barriers to keep out feral predators,” Minister Ley said.

The competitive grants process was run through the Business Grants Hub with applications submitted by incorporated and not for profit organisations, Indigenous organisations, local government authorities, community groups and volunteers.


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