Grant funds flow for Wooroi Creek
The Heritage Park Bushland Care Group has received $15,000 in funding from water and waste management company SUEZ to help contribute to the conservation of Wooroi Creek in Heritage Park.
The grant is a part of the SUEZ Community Grants program which awards funding to community organisations and projects across Australia that have a positive impact in their local communities.
The funding will be used to support the Heritage Park Creek and Community Alliance with the removal of invasive weeds from Wooroi Creek banks as well as additional planting, signage and educational material for the community.
Noosa based Plant Manager for SUEZ, Michael O’Connell, was delighted to present the cheque to Heritage Park Bushland Care Group Leader Ms Joan Heavey at the cheque ceremony on Wednesday.
“It was my pleasure to present the cheque to the Heritage Park Bushland Care Group. Looking after our waterways and parklands is an excellent way to engage the local community,” said Mr O’Connell.
“SUEZ is proud to be supporting the conservation of both Heritage Park and Wooroi Creek, which is not only a feeder creek to the Noosa River but home to several threatened species in the area.”
Ms Heavey was pleased to hear about the grant and said it will help the alliance not only improve Wooroi Creek but also educate the entire community.
“The SUEZ grant will allow our organisation to achieve great outcomes for Heritage Park, the local community and the environment,” said Ms Heavey.
“Through education and awareness of the project, we will encourage the community to have an increased respect for the importance of a healthy and sustainable environment.”
Speaking at the presentation, State Member for Noosa Glen Elmes MP said this is true conservation in practice; exhibited by people who have a real love for the environment and who prove it every day through action.
“The Heritage Bushland Care Group like many other hard working community groups in my electorate, such as Noosa Integrated Catchment Association and Noosa and District Landcare, work side by side to protect our environment and waterways,” said Mr Elmes.
“To witness what they achieve year after year is nothing short of incredible. The community couldn’t afford to pay for these outcomes as the tasks are endless and often overwhelming, as are the hours involved.”
“I commend Suez for giving back to the community through their generous grants program. It is not often you see corporate organisations in this space,” Mr Elmes added.
The SUEZ Community Grants program is now in its third year and the company has donated more than $400,000 to community organisations across Australia.
For more information on the SUEZ Community Grants program or to register to receive information about the next grant round in 2017 visit www.suezcommunitygrants.com.au/.