Ecovillage gets a $48,000 facelift

23 Jan 2013 11:23 AMJann Stuckey

23 January 2013

The community group responsible for management of Currumbin’s award-winning Ecovillage have received a $48,500 to restore native vegetation on Currumbin Creek thanks to the Newman Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants.

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey said the residents formed an Ecovillage Land Management group and applied for funding to undertake tree planting that will link with previous restoration work surrounding the Ecovillage.

“The group will plant local native species to provide shade, amenity and habitat over the drainage swale,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This will lead to further benefits including improved water quality, more wildlife corridors and habitat, and more food trees for the local koala population.”

Ecovillage Land Management will liaise with the Ecovillage caretaker to develop a tree planting program that will include planting, watering and pest and weed management.

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said the project would encourage wider community participation from local schools and land owners to educate the community about sustainable conservation and land management practices.

“Ecovillage Land Management is already providing this education to the Ecovillage community and will extend this program to the whole Currumbin Valley community, including local schools,” he said.

“This is important work for the Ecovillage, which has already attracted many bird and animal species back to the area.”

The Ecovillage development is set among 80 hectares of regenerated former farmland 7 kilometres from the Currumbin estuary and beaches, with houses and infrastructure designed to have a light environmental footprint and excellent energy ratings.

The development has won environmental and design awards, including the Housing Industry Association’s 2008 Green Smart National Building of the Year Award.

Everyone’s Environment grants will provide $12 million in funding to practical environmental projects over the next three years.

“More than $1.6 million has been allocated in this phase of the grants program, with $3 million committed to projects across the state in round one.”  

Applications for round two of the grants will be called for in mid-2013.
 
[ENDS] 22 January 2013