- Friday 27 February 2015
New Land for Wildlife participants break the records
The number of property owners signing up for Sunshine Coast Council’s Land for Wildlife program has broken the records.
The Council’s December 2014 Quarterly Progress Report, shows the Land for Wildlife program has attracted the highest number of new properties since it began in 1998.
With 75 new properties signing up to the program, the Sunshine Coast is home to 36% of all new sign-ups for the entire South East Queensland region last year.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the South East Queensland Land for Wildlife program had about 3900 members—830 on the Sunshine Coast.
“With so many dedicated landowners prepared to look after their patch of the earth, it’s no wonder Council chose to invest over $50,000 Environment Levy funds in Land for Wildlife incentives in the last quarter,” Cr McKay said.
“Just over 60% of remaining bushland in our region is privately owned. By providing landowners with the resources to manage their own land, the region as a whole, reaps the benefits.
“This is in line with Council’s goal to become Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green, diverse.
“When justified financially, for every dollar spent, there is a $6.52 return.
“Through landholder cash and labour in-kind contributions, these programs deliver more than $6 million return on council’s investment of $922,806. Of that, almost $414,600 is contributed by the Environment Levy.
“Council offers Land for Wildlife members free land management advice, specialist workshops and technical advice as well as access to resources such as government grants and other incentives.
“And there’s always room for more. We welcome anyone who has a property with at least 1ha of native vegetation and wants to manage part or all of their property as habitat for native plants and animals, or is interested in integrating nature conservation with other land uses.”
For more information on the Land for Wildlife program, visit SEQ Catchments Land for Wildlife Southeast Queensland.
To join Land for Wildlife or to speak to a conservation partnerships officer, call council's customer service centre on 5475 7272 or email LFW@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.