The 2023 EnviroGrants recipients were announced on Friday, June 23 at the Eco Forum Community Celebration at Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct.
Three City of Logan households have banded together to help restore a local creek to its natural beauty.
Chambers Flat neighbours Helen and Lindsay David, Harriet Aitken, and Sandra Day have each received funding through Logan City Council’s 2023 EnviroGrants.
The funding will enable the residents to tackle the suffocating weeds and pollution along Norris Creek, which runs through their properties.
Ms David said Council’s support would allow them to restore and protect an important ecological corridor.
“Fortunately, all four of us think quite similarly about the environment and feel that it is our responsibility to protect it,” Ms David said.
“When I noticed that this section of bushland that ran through each of our properties has important environmental value, I decided that we needed to get together and do something about it.
“We need to protect the natural spaces that we have in Logan, and the EnviroGrants will go a long way in helping us to do that.”
The neighbours are among 14 landholders to receive funding towards on-ground ecosystem restoration.
Environment Chair Cr Jon Raven said Council’s EnviroGrants provided meaningful support for a wide range of projects every year.
“EnviroGrants are key to empowering the community to take action to protect and preserve our natural environment,” Cr Raven said.
“The restoration of Norris Creek is a great example of how Council’s EnviroGrants support residents to enhance and protect the ecosystems in their own backyards.”
Division 9 Councillor Scott Bannan said improvements to the health of Norris Creek was a great outcome for the entire local community.
“We are very lucky to have so many committed eco-conscious residents in our division who know that our environment is worth protecting,” Cr Bannan said.
“The efforts of people like Helen, Lindsay, Harriet and Sandra doesn’t go unnoticed and their impact will reach well beyond their own backyards.”
Other EnviroGrants recipients included the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland which received nearly $20,000 in grants across the Environmental Education, Environmental Partnerships and Capacity Building, and Environmental Surveys and Research categories.
The grants will fund a school-based education program on the threatened Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, an interactive PlatypusWatch native tree planting event, and surveys and conservation of greater glider populations in Logan.
Three schools were awarded grants under the Environmental Education category.
Logan Village State School will receive $2000 towards transforming an area at the school into a nature teaching space.
St Matthews Catholic Primary School, in Shailer Park, will use a $2000 grant to partner with Griffith University to establish an educational native plant growing project.
Calvary Christian College, in Carbrook, will take on a sustainable worm farm project to use up tuckshop scraps with a $2000 grant.
Fifteen individual wildlife carers were also provided grants for their ongoing work caring for and rehabilitating our incredible wildlife.