Member for Glass House and Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell, yesterday joined Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson and local councillors Jenny McKay, Tony Wellington, Rick Baberowski, Steve Robinson and Greg Rogerson on a tour of environmental projects being carried out across the Coast.
The group travelled through the hinterland from Maleny to Nambour and on to Coolum, stopping at Sunshine Beach before heading up to Cooroy.
Representatives from 13 environmental groups joined the tour, which was organised by SEQ Catchments.
Mr Powell said he was encouraged by the variety of the projects and the enthusiasm shown by the groups involved.
“We’ve seen a range of projects that are focused on improving water quality, enhancing biodiversity and protecting our flora, fauna and marine life,” Mr Powell said.
“Almost all of these groups are run by volunteers and I congratulate the council on supporting these projects that enhance the Sunshine Coast’s natural environment.”
Cr Rogerson said the trip was a great success that paved the way for further collaboration between state and local government to address environmental matters.
“I would like to congratulate Minister Andrew Powell and the present state government for their continued commitment to the environment and matters of environmental concern throughout the state.
“In particular I appreciate the fact that the Minister took the time out of his day to discuss environmental issues with councillors and staff, but more importantly meet with the local organisations to gain a first-hand look at the great work volunteers are doing on the ground.”
Cr Jenny McKay said collaboration was the key to success of natural resource management on the Coast and praised the efforts of those involved in successful local programs.
“This was an amazing opportunity to meet and greet some of the leaders of our environmental groups and gain a greater appreciation of what they are doing,” Cr McKay said.
“It also offered the local groups a chance to interact with each other, share information and expertise.
“The groups were very supportive of Council initiatives such as Land for Wildlife and also offered a solid endorsement of the environmental levy.
“This shows we have a strong policy in this area that is delivering outcomes and we need to continue that direction.”
[ENDS] 23 January 2013
Bottom Row L-R Peter from Barung Landcare, Mark Amos from Lake Baroon Catchment Care, Cr Greg Rogerson and Cr Steve Robinson.
Top Row L-R Cr Rick Baberowski, Cr Jenny McKay, Minister Andrew Powell, Mayor Mark Jamieson.