Fund­ing aims to help re­store Wrights Creek

The Weekend Post - - News -

THE Palaszczuk Govern­ment has funded a Cairns Ur­ban Landcare project to im­prove bio­di­ver­sity and re­duce ero­sion at Wrights Creek.

The $49,992 grant has gone di­rectly to the Cairns group for their en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­forts.

Causes of ero­sion in the Wrights Creek area in­clude de­for­esta­tion, feral pigs and feral cats.

Treasurer Cur­tis Pitt (above) said the Cairns Ur­ban Landcare project would in­clude the plant­ing of 8000 na­tive plants and re­moval of lit­ter from the area.

“This fund­ing will also go to- wards con­trol­ling feral pigs and cats on the site to re­duce ero­sion,” he said.

Ear­lier this week Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said the grant was just the start of an en­vi­ron­men­tal fo­cus from the State Govern­ment.

“A re-elected Palaszczuk Govern­ment will rein­tro­duce ef­fec­tive leg­is­la­tion and es­tab­lish a $500 mil­lion Land Restora­tion Fund. This fund will kick start a new land man­age­ment in­dus­try which prom­ises to con­trib­ute as much as $8 bil­lion an­nu­ally to the Queens­land econ­omy by 2030,” she said.

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