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Grant assists biodiversity in
Glasshouse Mountains
by Cameron Outridge

Glasshouse Mountains Advancement Network (GMAN) has been successful in obtaining an Australian Government Envirofund Grant of $26,023.80 for their Restoration of Coonowrin Creek (ROCC) Project.   The total project is to cost $52,641.80.

Land management practices have resulted in the remnants of natural vegetation associated with Coonowrin Creek being the only link available between the Mt Beerwah, Mt Coonowrin, and Mt Tibrogargan sections of the Glass House Mountains National Park for native fauna interaction.  The ROCC project aims to assist in the turnaround of this situation.

The project to run for twelve months involves:

• Fencing to exclude stock from revegetated areas.

• Establishing and maintaining a nursery to propagate plants indigenous to this area.

• Natural area restoration/weed suppression using integrated techniques combining manual, mechanical, chemical, revegetation, and biological means.

• Revegetation/erosion control and habitat restoration.

• Monitoring aquatic and land wildlife.

• Training volunteers to build community capacity to continue into the future.

• Promote awareness of ecologically sustainable development among local land users to increase biodiversity protection through sustainable land use practices.

• The project aims to provide ongoing improvements to the security of ecosystems in our area.

(GMAN President Bill Thompson and Bob Gray receive a cheque from Mal Brough, left.  Also in attendance was Cr Anna Grosskreutz)

For each dollar of funding provided by the Australian Government Envirofund.   GMAN must supply an equal in kind contribution. Volunteer labour is considered an eligible in kind contribution; so all volunteers will be most welcome to spread the load.  This project covers three properties, each with differing challenges: Spirit of Cobb & Co site; the Historic Coonowrin Creek Camping Reserve; Art Van Wensveen’s Barrs Road Property.  GMAN wishes to acknowledge the support and co-operation of the landholders involved in the project: Mr Steve Ralph, Caloundra City Council, Mr Art Van Wensveen, and the commitment given by The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland Caloundra Area Inc (WPSQ) to conduct ongoing fauna monitoring of the areas.

The project will be completed using volunteer labour. If you wish to become involved in the project phone Bob Gray 5493 0090.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.