New flood funding available

RECENT rain has brought back memories of the devastating 2011 floods and the extensive damage wreaked on Bundaberg properties.

Although flood recovery efforts have been extensive to date, there are still significant issues to be addressed throughout the region including erosion and weed invasions.

A new round of funding made available through the Queensland Natural Disaster Relief Program will assist landholders get back on track after the devastating natural disaster.

Some $200,000 has been earmarked for recovery activities and the kinds of works considered include revegetation, erosion mitigation and restorative engineering works on affected properties throughout the Burnett Mary region.

The funds are specifically aimed at restoration of riparian areas (rivers, creeks, tributaries) that were degraded or eroded by floodwaters.

A direct consequence of the flooding has been significant weed expansion (e.g. parthenium) into areas that were previously weed free.

Weed control funding has also been made available to combat this on properties in the Gympie Regional Council area.

"Past funding has gone a long way towards restoring riparian areas damaged by the flooding and mitigating weed infestation within the region," Kate Lyons of BMRG said.

"Riparian restoration works have been completed on six stream sites across the catchment area and we have carried out extensive work with many landholders and land care groups in managing weed infestations.

"We are happy that it has been recognised that additional funding is needed and look forward to assisting landholders in restoring their properties, particularly in areas where the floods caused extensive erosion and other riparian damage as well as continuing efforts to combat the scourge of serious weed species infestation."

Landholders interest is sought and EOI forms are available by contacting Kate Lyons of BMRG on 4181 2999 or email kate.lyons@bmrg.org.au.
 

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