Environment Levy Projects
  • Last updated:
  • 26 Jun 2018

The Environment Levy funds a range of on-ground rehabilitation projects and planning, management and research projects, which support the implementation of council’s environmental strategies/plans to:

  • Provide viable and resilient ecosystems that maintain biodiversity values
  • Provide healthy waterways and foreshores.

Funded projects are guided by the strategic direction set in council’s Biodiversity, and Waterways and Coastal Management strategies.

Current projects

Coastal dune rehabilitation

This project monitors pandanus health and delivers on-ground restoration works across the regions dunal and rocky headland systems. The project has been underway for five years with strong Coastcare volunteer support. It is being delivered across the following foreshore areas:

  • Golden Beach, Happy Valley to Bulcock Beach, Kings to Shelley Beach, Moffat to Dicky Beach foreshores
  • Warana and Wurtulla foreshores
  • Bokarina - Point Cartwright foreshores
  • Mooloolaba foreshore
  • Maroochy-Stumers Creek foreshore
  • Yaroomba (south) – Coolum foreshore.
Pumicestone (Bells Creek) rehabilitation
Council is currently delivering a three-year rehabilitation project along a 7km stretch of Bells Creek on the southern bank. This project will restore 30 hectares of riparian (stream-side) habitat in the significant Pumicestone Passage catchment. The aim of the project is to improve habitat for threatened plants and animals and buffer future threats posed by population growth, development and agriculture. This project is a key action of the Pumicestone Passage and Catchment Action Plan (2017-20)[5644KB].
Watch the video of Mayor Mark Jamieson talk about the Rehab for Pumicestone Passage project.
Maroochy Rehabilitation Project
On-ground riparian (stream-side) rehabilitation is being undertaken on council-managed and private lands at the confluence of the North and South Maroochy Rivers. The aims of the project are to improve water quality, stream health, biodiversity and scenic values in the area and to buffer future threats posed by population growth and development. In total, more than 13 hectares will be rehabilitated. Key components of the project include control of camphor laurel trees and establishing 11,000 native trees and shrubs. 
Mary River rehabilitation Planning has been finalised, and this project will involve rehabilitating a 1.7km long reach along the Mary River.
A key component of this project includes partnering with six landholders so six hectares can be rehabilitated in total.
Shoreline erosion Management 

This project protects sand dunes in areas at risk of shoreline erosion. This is accordance with council’s Shoreline Erosion Management Plan. Activities include:

  • Fencing to trap windblown sand
  • Re-vegetation
  • Weed Control
  • Education.
Road reserve Management 
This project reduces woody weeds in road reserves next to council’s bushland conservation reserves. This work protects and improves habitat quality. It is a priority action identified in the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan 
Fauna monitoring of the Sunshine Coast Council conservation estate  This project aims to identify native animals found in ten reserves. This data will guide management of the reserves and will also help protect the species found at each site.
Keep up to date on the progress on the fauna monitoring project
Koala Conservation and Management project
A koala management plan[3722KB] has been developed for the Sunshine Coast Council area to guide on-ground work to protect koalas and their habitats. This project plan was endorsed by council at the Ordinary Meeting held in October 2015.