Environment Levy project updates
  • Last updated:
  • 18 Mar 2019

During the first half of 2018/19 financial year council continued to invest in a range of projects and initiatives that support the Environment and Liveability Strategy.

 Highlights include:

  • 7 flying fox roosts monitored by Ecosure consultants, including 1 new roost in Caloundra
  • 8 hectare property added to the conservation estate which protects 170m of habitat along the Maroochy River
  • 12 habitat piles installed along the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve boundary to accelerate ecological restoration
  • 250 people attended the first Bat Night held at Caloundra Primary school
  • 277 students from 23 schools took part in the 2018 Kids in Action Program
  • $433,300 of works delivered across 32 coastal and foreshore reserves
  • $609,000 invested through partnership programs to 1 new, 3 former and 18 continuing groups.
  • Finding out when flying foxes are about

    An interactive map has been launched to help the community understand flying fox movements across the region. The new BatMap contains up-to-date data from our seven flying fox roost sites, including the new site at Hardie Buzacott Wildflower Reserve West in Caloundra.

    The Environment Levy funds routine flying fox data collection from roost sites. The data is then uploaded to our mapping system to identify flying fox habitation. Take a look at the BatMap. Find out more about how council manages flying foxes.

  • Focusing on fauna

    Council is conducting fauna monitoring at Claymore Road in Palmview and Forest Drive and Dixon Road in Buderim. The project is a partnership with GHS consultants and supported by USC.

    The fauna movement project will identify animal movements and the use of special fauna infrastructure, such as under road tunnels. The results will provide an understanding of road infrastructure impacts on animal movement. They will also inform decision-making to improve fauna movements throughout the Sunshine Coast.

  • Partnership group receives national recognition

    Environment Levy Partnership group, Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group (LBCCG), has been awarded for Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices at the 2018 National Landcare Conference and Awards.

    The award recognises the agricultural, landslide, weed control and dairy programs implemented by LBCCG through their work with 34 farms in the Lake Baroon sub-catchment. For more information, refer to the case study.

    Through the Environment Levy Grants and Partnership program, council supports environmental community groups to undertake projects that help foster an involved community.