Levy to green light vital projects

GRASSROOTS environmental projects are being given the green thumbs up, thanks to the environmental levy.

A total of 21 local initiatives, worth more than $1 million, have been put forward for funding through the 2011/2012 Draft Delivery Program.

Coffs Harbour Deputy Mayor Denise Knight said a wide variety of environmental projects got off the ground every year because of funding generated by the levy.

“Since its introduction, the levy has been an unqualified success and allowed both council and community groups to get projects under way that have resulted in improvements and enhancements to our natural and urban areas,” Cr Knight said.

Projects nominated for funding in 2011/2012 include:

 Darrunda Wajaar Repair to Country High Priority Sites.

 Orara River Restoration Project for erosion control, tree planting, weed control, native plant propagation and river system revegetation.

 Stormwater Community Education Program for Pipe Clay Lake.

 Latest stages of the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk project, which will provide a series of linked headland walkways and access stairs taking walkers all the way from Sawtell to Arrawarra.

 Boambee Beach bush regeneration.

 Environmental weed control across the local government area.

 An education program to improve agricultural practices within waterways catchments.

 The Green Schools Sustainability Fund, which provides financial and expert support to schools to help staff and students carry out local sustainability projects.

 Continuation of the Coffs Ambassadors Volunteer Interpretive Tours, which give volunteers the opportunity to run free tours of sites of interest in the area for residents and visitors.

The 2011/2012 Draft Delivery Program will be considered by the council later in the year.

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