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Federal Funding For Wetlands Site

Story: Brooke Jacobson | Photo: John Pires Photography
Published On : Apr 24, 2024
Federal Funding for Wetlands Site
Sandgate’s Dowse Lagoon will be looking greener and healthier after the local bushcare group secured significant funding from the Federal Government.

The Dowse Lagoon Buschcare group has been given a grant of $152,104 to help protect the habitat of migratory wading birds and improve critical habitat for local native wetland species.

Group coordinator, Frank Box, said he was excited about receiving the funding.

“The funding will be used on a quarter of the site to replace weeds with local plants,” he said.

“It’s a continuous battle against weeds, especially after this summer. Really what we’re trying to grow there is insects – they come and eat the vegetation; the insects attract the birds.

“They need greater diversity of plants to thrive in.”

Group member, Julie O’Neill, added the Keep Sandgate Beautiful Association helped with the grant application process.

“The funding was based on us being able to remove weeds, and getting the community to connect with the area,” she said.

“We are looking at ways of opening an access track, so more people can see the site. It’s a hidden gem.

“People come to this area for the foreshore, and the wetlands, so it’s great for the economy as well – for local businesses – to have people coming here for the natural beauty.”

Federal environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, said the funding was part of the Government’s $200 million Urban Rivers and Catchments Program.

“We want to repair damage to our environment and leave nature better off for our kids and grandkids,” she said.

“Nearly half of all nationally listed threatened animals and a quarter of our threatened plants occur in urban areas. We need to act now to protect them.”

Federal member for Lilley, Anika Wells, added the funding was crucial to improving the health of Dowse Lagoon.

“The $152,104 investment will improve water quality and provide our community with access to nature and open green space,” she said.

“It will also strengthen the ability of the local area to deal with the impacts of climate change.”

The Dowse Lagoon Bushcare Group meets each Wednesday morning from 6.30am to 8am at the site to remove weeds, plant native plants, and improve the area.

To volunteer with the group, or for more information, email Frank at frank@ozbox.net.au