BERT SECURES INVESTMENT FOR REHABILITATION OF PIMPAMA RIVER CATCHMENT
Making the announcement with Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt MP today, the rehabilitation project is part of the Coalition’s Plan for a 15,000 strong Green Army nationwide.
Mr van Manen has been working with local stakeholder groups to identify the best projects that will benefit locally.
“I have been fighting for this project for many months now and after extensive consultation with the Twin Rivers Centre it is great to be able to announce this project as a key priority for Forde,” said Mr van Manen.
“The Pimpama River Erosion Control project at the Pimpama River catchment in Ormeau is exactly what the Green Army will be about, practical work that improves the local environment and helps improve local communities,” Mr Hunt said.
The partners of the project, the Twin Rivers Centre, the Northeast Albert Landcare Group and the Holcim Beenleigh Quarry have collaborated on several projects in the area with great success.
“The eradication of weeds, the retention and protection of the riverbanks and improved water quality are just some of the positive outcomes from this partnership,” said Senior Leader of the Twin River Centre, Reuben Roos.
In addition to these environmental benefits Mr Roos said Twin Rivers realised there was an opportunity to help local people obtain new skills through education, training and employment programs.
“Today’s announcement by Greg and Bert, I believe, is a win win for people in our community, “he said.
Photo caption: Greg, Sue & Sylvia from North East Albert Landcare, Bert and Reuben from Twin Rivers.