$700k in oil Spill funding washes onto the Coast
  • Saturday 07 November 2009

Sunshine Coast Council has received over $700k from the federal government’s oil spill recovery project and will spend the coming year working with over 32 partners to enhance the region’s coastal resilience.

A combined quick response after the oil spill disaster means that rather than spending the money fixing a problem, all of the $700,900 can be spent on proactive projects that will deliver long lasting benefits to the region.

The federal government allocated over $2million to the oil spill recovery project through its Caring for our Country program. SEQ Catchments were responsible for devolving the funding and passed the bulk to the Sunshine Coast Council.

Council’s Environment Operations Manager, Chris Allan said that council will work with 32 different stakeholders to deliver the projects.

“We’ve got a big job ahead of us but with community groups, environmental organisations, government agencies and Sunshine Coast residents all on board, we’re confident of success,” Mr Allan said.

Oil Spill Recovery Project Officer Julie O’Connor said that the funding is a great boost for the future of the region’s coastline.

“Council’s Environment Operations branch and many community groups are doing excellent work to protect and enhance the coastal environment in specialised areas across the region,” Julie O’Connor said.

“This money will put the Coast in a great position to further enhance the strength and resilience of the coastal environment.

“A number of projects have been identified for action aimed at building environmental resilience, increasing community knowledge and preparing for emergency situations.

“On the ground activities include actions such as extensive dunal rehabilitation, fox management for turtle conservation and ecological condition assessment.

“Council is also partnering with the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Department of Environment and Resource Management to establish vital baseline data and erosion patterns in areas associated with the oil spill disaster.

“The willingness with which this project was embraced by a range of government and community partners is testament to the commitment of the Sunshine Coast community,” Ms O’Connor said.