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Powell Media Release – Koalas will be well fed thanks to Newman Government grant (26 September 2013)

Some of the most vulnerable koalas in Glass House will be well fed into the future thanks to the latest round of the Newman Government’s Everyone’s Environment program.

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said round two of the grants scheme would help practical environmental projects get off the ground.

“A total of $7,303 for Glasshouse Mountains Advancement Network will go towards an important Koala Food Tree project,” Mr Powell said.

“The project will establish a koala food tree plantation to provide ongoing supply of fodder for koalas in the care of registered carers.

“Koala carers can find it difficult to obtain food fodder when local weather events damage or destroy other fodder resources, so this project will work towards preventing this.

“Barung Landcare Association has been allocated $18,045 to work with smaller urban and peri-urban landholders in the Barung region on weed control and revegetation activities.‍

“This project will develop and enhance habitat connectivity across the region and preserve biodiversity.

“The organisation will host activity days to educate locals about cleaning up weed species, planting trees, maintaining previous revegetation efforts and preparing sites for future work.

“This project is one of 83 successful applications across the state that share in $3.4 million in funding under round two of Everyone’s Environment grants program.

“These are practical environmental projects that will deliver real community benefits.”

Applications for round three of the grants will be called in 2014.

The grants target established local community groups which support or protect the natural environment, including:

  • Parents and Citizens’ groups on behalf of public and      private schools
  • Landcare, Coastcare, Bushcare, Rivercare groups
  • Established and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait      Islander groups
  • Local Scout and Girl Guide groups
  • Rotary and Lions groups
  • catchment groups, and conservation organisations

[ENDS] 26 September 2013

 

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