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 2021/22 LBCCG have completed a extremely productive year with our largest ever budgets and on ground outcomes. Even the La Nina weather pattern and February 2022 ‘rain bomb’ only disrupted our programs with total project expenditure just under $1.9 million. When other in-kind and cash contributions are considered we delivered a total project value of just under $3 million.
We could not achieve the significant outcomes we do without our supporters Sunshine Coast Council, the Queensland Government, the Commonwealth Government, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and our primary funder Seqwater.
LBCCG’s activities align well 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 grant program.