We are often asked what we actually do? No its not endless water quality testing nor running around the catchment telling people what they can and can’t do. There are other organisations to do all that. We prioritise on ground action – implementing projects that reduce risk to water quality but also provide numerous other benefits. Most of our projects improve habitat, address threatening processes to wildlife, protect remnant vegetation and even help landholders remain sustainable and viable. The last thing we want is to lose all our local farmers and be replaced with more and more houses. This can only be detrimental to water quality and the environment. This short video we produced in 2018 provides a small example of some of the work we do.
What does LBCCG do? (Video link)
In 2019/20 LBCCG continued to grow with unprecedented income, expenditure and project work completed. To assist with the implementation of projects additional staff were employed resulting in almost $ 2 M in project value delivered. Once again Seqwater were our primary funder but also included Sunshine Coast Council, the Queensland Government, the Commonwealth Government, and the Department of Transport and Main Roads. We could not achieve the significant outcomes we do without our funding providers, LBCCG Management Committee and members, supporters, staff and of course project participants.
LBCCG’s activities align well strategically and operationally with Sunshine Coast Council’s Biodiversity & Waterways Management strategies. Consequently, Council through the Environment Levy Partnership program, supports LBCCG with operational funding to assist in the delivery of on ground projects in the Lake Baroon catchment. This is a successful ongoing partnership and has resulted in LBCCG being able to plan with certainty and consistently source additional external funding.
This project is proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program.