Powell Media Release – Local groups receive support for grass roots projects in Glass House (19 December 2014)

A local Lions Club and a catchment care group in Glass House have received support to enhance their local environment thanks to the Newman Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants program.

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell congratulated the successful recipients:

Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group Inc which received $24,000 to continue its work restoring and enhancing Obi Obi Creek on the Maleny plateau. Part of the work will involve removing weeds from the Obi Obi creek, including lantana, blackberry, camphour laurel and madeira vine, and planting birdwing on the site.

Maleny-Blackall Range Lions Club Inc. which received $75,470 to remove weeds such as Camphor Laurel, Lantana and Madeira Vine along Maleny-Landsborough Road and Obi Lane South.

Mr Powell said the grants were another example of the strong plan this government has for delivering common sense conservation for Queensland’s environment.

“Under the former Labor Government there was no grant funding available to community groups and grass roots organisations but we recognise their valuable contribution and applaud their dedication.

“These grassroots projects will help deliver long-term benefits for local communities.

Mr Powell said the program has delivered almost 120,000 tree plantings, over 410,000 hectares weeded, and removal of almost 62,000 kilograms of rubbish from local areas and waterways.

“Through this program, the Newman LNP Government has engaged a staggering 13,250 volunteers state-wide and this will continue to grow with the large amount of projects continuing to be delivered.

“We recognise the valuable contributions of volunteers, who are true local heroes, rolling up their sleeves to improve their local area.”

More information about the Everyone’s Environment program is available at www.qld.gov.au/environment.

[ENDS] 19 December 2014