More funding for Queensland conservation councils

Cheryl Watson, Anna Hitchcock, Lisa Clifford and Jan Arends from the Gladstone and Queensland Conservation Councils

Important environmental protection work will be boosted throughout Queensland, with the State Government committing $840,000 in extra funding to conservation councils.

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said this funding, over the next five years, would be provided to the Queensland Conservation Council and nine regional conservation councils, including Gladstone.

The councils, who met with the Minister at an environmental roundtable this week, are already receiving $490,000 per year in ongoing base funding and will now receive an additional $350,000 in funding per year, starting next month.

“Members of these groups contribute their time and expertise to protecting Queensland’s environment, and the Palaszczuk Government is pleased to support them and the work that they do in protecting our state,” the Minister said.

The funding is provided to assist the recipients with their ongoing operating ensuring that they are able to continue to provide services on behalf of their local communities.”

The recipients include the Queensland Conservation Council, Gold Coast Conservation Council, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Darling Downs Environment Council, Mackay Conservation Group, Wide Bay Burnet Environment Council, Capricorn Coast Conservation Council, Gladstone Conservation Council, North Queensland Conservation Council, Cairns and Far North Environment Council.

“These conservation councils are some of Queensland’s leading non-government environment and conservation groups,” Ms Enoch said.