Nine community groups will share in more than $60,000 of Seqwater grant funding to deliver grass-roots, community-driven education and catchment care programs across South East Queensland.
After the success of its inaugural 2016 community grants program, Seqwater invited not-forprofit organisations across South East Queensland to apply for up to $10,000 in funding for a Water for life community education or engagement initiative.
A total of 26 applications were received from groups as far north as Gympie and Noosa, throughout the Sunshine Coast, out west in Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim, and down to the Gold Coast.
Among the successful organisations was the Noosa and District Landcare Group, who will invest in a project to educate people about the issues impacting water quality in the Noosa Shire and surrounding areas.
Using the funding, the group will offer schools the opportunity to take part in educational on-site field trips to coastal and hinterland ecosystems in Noosa.
During the field trips, students will learn to test water quality and participate in workshops featuring experts in freshwater ecology and aquatic invasive weeds.
Noosa and District Landcare Group Program Support Officer Rae O’Flynn said her organisation applied for the funding because it provided a valuable opportunity to raise awareness about the human impacts on our creeks and waterways.
“Our organisation has long been involved in monitoring water quality, with an interest in how our waterways can be kept clean and free of silt, run-off and pollution,” Ms O’Flynn said.
“We are very grateful for this grant, which will help us deliver an expanded program into local schools that we hope will promote lifelong environmental learning.”
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Jim Pruss said the grants program built positive relationships with groups and organisations and promoted water education and awareness.
“As the region’s bulk water authority, we are committed to water for life,” Mr Pruss said
“Water for life is about more than delivering a safe and reliable water supply.
“It’s about creating partnerships to support a sustainable water future for generations to come.”
Mr Pruss said last year’s grant winners had put their funding to good use, delivering projects that supported a sustainable water future for generations to come.
“Through this initiative, we were able to help make a number of great projects a reality last year.
I look forward to seeing what our grant recipients will accomplish this year.”
The theme Water for life prioritises grant applications that:
- encourage community involvement in improving catchment health and source water quality
- engage children and young people and educate them about the water cycle, caring for catchments and protecting source water quality
- build community understanding of the water cycle and water-related issues
- Stanley River Environmental Education Centre. (Somerset Region)
- Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre (Gold Coast)
- Moggill Creek Catchment Group (Brisbane)
- Noosa and District Landcare Group Inc (Noosa)
- Coomera River Catchment Group (Gold Coast)
- Ecocollaboration (Sunshine Coast)
- Lockyer Uplands Catchments Inc (Lockyer Valley)
- Mooloolah River Waterwatchland Landcare Group (Sunshine Coast)
- Bunya Community Environmental Assoc. Inc (Moreton Bay)
Watch how one of last year's Water for life grant winners spent their share of funding: