RAISING AWARENESS: The Bunya Valley Landcare group regularly attends markets throughout the region.
RAISING AWARENESS: The Bunya Valley Landcare group regularly attends markets throughout the region. Contributed

Landcarers score first major project

A NEW group aimed at rehabilitating the South Burnett's ecosystem has secured its first major project.

Bunya Valley Landcare treasurer Angela Griffiths said the group would be involved in rehabilitating land around the new Cherbourg wastewater treatment facility.

The group will put in 13,700 plants at the new Cherbourg sewage ponds, with the aim of getting in the ground 1000 plants per hour of work.

"We've been subcontracted from the main contractor,” Ms Griffiths said.

"It's really exposed and bare ground that potentially will wash away in heavy rain. It's got to be covered using a lot of native grasses.”

Ms Griffiths said it was the group's first project.

"It does feel good and it puts money in our coffers,” she said.

"We're hoping to buy a water plant with that money.”

Ms Griffiths said the group was formed by people interested in the area's unique local flora.

"We were feeling that it was pretty much unrecognised in the region,” she said.

"That was the main reason we started.

"We see public landscaping as a big issue as we are not traditionally using our local species, not using anything like what was here.

"The remnants of what was here is getting smaller and smaller.”

She said biodiversity was suffering because of it.

"The ecosystem is suffering,” she said.

"We're a really big agriculture and mining area, but there is not much environmental awareness.

"The biodiversity, Bunya forest, hope vines, vine scrubs - they're disappearing,

"We want to showcase these species and get them into public spaces, like parks, gardens, wherever we can.”

Ms Griffiths said the group wanted to get the word out there to the community.

"We're hoping to have planting teams in each little town so they can be more responsible for their area,” she said.

"We particularly await this to be driven by the community.

"It's about getting people to rethink vegetation. Getting people thinking about a different climate for our towns and communities, using fire-retardant trees rather than flammable eucalyptus, rainforest species that used to grow here and can grow here again.”

She said the group was looking forward to 2018 and would apply for grants and other funding for projects.

If anyone wants more information on the group, they can visit Bunya Valley Landcare's website .

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