- Friday 02 July 2010
Environment portfolio and Division 3 Councillor, Cr Keryn Jones has announced $16 million in funding for environmental programs and projects in the 2010/11 budget.
$9 million in funds from the region’s $60 per property per year environmental levy will be directed to conservation and land acquisition, waterways and coastal management care, dunal rehabilitation projects, a regional biodiversity report card, climate change and peak oil strategies and a record Community Grant and Partnership Program for community organisations and individuals for projects which fit with Council’s vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region.
Cr Jones said that whilst the environment was always an important issue it was incredibly important one for a rapidly expanding community such as the Sunshine Coast.
“The region’s popularity as a place to live, work and visit has led to increased population numbers, development, urbanisation and waste and in turn, increased stress on biodiversity and natural habitats.
“There are also other key environmental issues, such as climate change and oil usage to consider.”
“Our natural assets are key factors in attracting residents and visitors to our region and why it is so important to protect and promote them for the benefit of future generations,” Cr Jones said.
Key environment levy funded initiatives for the 2010-11 financial year include:
- $2.825 million to continue Council's successful land acquisition program. This will build on the existing conservation area network and focus on consolidating larger conservation areas for future generations to enjoy.
- A record allocation for Council's Community Grants and Partnerships Program of more than $800,000 for community environment grants, voluntary conservation agreements on private lands and partnership agreements with community groups and non-government organisations to undertake environmental initiatives.
- Over $1.3 million for a range of waterways and coastal management projects that build on Council's award winning river recovery program.
- $30,000 in funding to develop a Biodiversity Report Card for the Sunshine Coast and a new system to better track and manage pest species.
- $60,000 in funding to start the implementation of Councils Climate Change and Peak Oil Strategy focusing on carbon reduction, sustainability and energy transition.
- $300,000 to focus on coastal dune rehabilitation along the Sunshine Coast's iconic beaches.