16 projects on enviro shortlist

SIXTEEN environmental projects made it on to the shortlist for funding from Coffs Harbour City Council’s Draft Environmental Levy program for 2010/2011.

But not without some concerns from councillors.

Cr Jennifer Bonfield worried about the migration of environmental levy money into salaries and Cr Mark Graham was opposed to including $21,600 for repair of the banks surrounding Edward Sharpe Bridge at Nana Glen, saying it was basically a roadworks hole repair, with no environmental value.

The largest single item on the $1,031,000 program is $190,000 for the Orara River Restoration Project, which will continue to tackle cats claw creeper, honey locust, camphor laurel and privet weed species and revegetation.

The $180,000 for conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity in the Coffs Harbour local government area covers wages for biodiversity officers; $160,000 for bushland regeneration covers wages for three bush regeneration staff members while $18,000 goes to a Botanic Garden education officer.



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