Extra community groups benefit from Environment Levy
  • Wednesday 24 August 2016

Two new community groups – Hinterland Bush Links Inc and Maleny District Green Hills Fund – have partnered with Sunshine Coast Council to help restore our natural environment.

Both groups that applied for funding under council’s Environment Levy Partnership Program were successful.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council recognised that great environmental outcomes come from great community partnerships, beyond just the financial contribution.

“The Environment Levy Partnerships Funding Program offers incorporated community groups up to three years of funding towards operational expenses and allows us to better engage and work with the community to build effective partnerships to assist in the delivery of our environmental strategies,” Cr McKay said.

“The purpose of funding the two community groups for only one year is to bring them into alignment with the existing groups whose three-year partnership funding finishes in 2017.

“These partnerships not only represent great value for money, but they are also a way for council to work with the groups to help them develop capacity with good governance and sustainable practices.

“In the last financial year 2015/16, our partnership funding of approximately $550,000 contributed to the services of 24 not-for-profit community environmental groups with a total operation cost of $3,631,199.

“Collectively these organisation engaged with 5088 registered members and 4487 volunteers who provided 191,240 volunteers hours. These organisations were accessed by 3835 different groups and 264,656 people visited the facilities.

“Congratulations to the successful applicants. Council looks forward to working with you to achieve great things.”

The 2016/17 Environment Levy Partnership offers:

  • $37,000 Hinterland Bush Links Inc towards the long term conservation of all native species and regional ecosystems in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, through landscape-scale connectivity planning and restoration of habitat.
  • $8450 to Maleny District Green Hills Fund for the administrative and maintenance costs to allow the group to continue to maintain revegetation areas within the Maleny precinct. 

Further information:

  • Total number of new and approved applications: 2 out of 2
  • Total amount recommended: $45,450
  • Total amount continuing partnerships: $508,738