Big year for environment

October 25, 2017

Weed and erosion control, tree planting and significant improvements to bushland reserves are among the major projects achieved by Mitchell Shire Council’s environment team in the past year.

A total of 93 per cent of projects set out in the Year Three Environment Strategy Action Plan were achieved in the past 12 months.

Key highlights included:

●Weed control in 39 reserves and along 574km of roadsides.

●Planting more than 4000 native plants alongside 730 volunteers as part of National Tree Day.

●Reviewing and updating Property Management Plan guidelines.

●Distributing almost 350 pieces of environmental education materials to landowners.

●Participating in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count for the first time.

●Completing an erosion control project in Broadford.

●Undertaking improvements to Council’s 12 bushland reserves.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said achieving so many goals with limited resources was a fantastic effort.

‘‘The quantity, and most importantly, quality of the projects achieved were fantastic,’’ Cr Sanderson said.

‘‘Importantly, they would not have been possible without the collaboration of a number of council departments including the environment, parks and gardens and operations teams, and by forming strong partnerships with our wonderful community groups, the Mitchell Environment Advisory Committee and government agencies — we sincerely thank you for all your efforts in helping to achieve these goals for the community.’’

Meanwhile, council is gathering information from the community about what environmental issues matter most to them through the Community Environment Survey.

The survey is available at the website until Tuesday.

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count has also begun — visit to participate.

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