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LBCCG is a small community group formed in 1992 that seeks to improve water quality throughout the Lake Baroon catchment by implementing on-ground works, education and awareness events. The group has grown from a part time Coordinator to currently employing three full time staff, a part time project officer and a part time office manager.
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National Landcare Award

In 2018 Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group recently won the prestigious National Landcare Award –  the Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices. LBCCG won the award for building strong relationships with local landholders and implementing projects that address agricultural run-off.  LBCCG acknowledges the incredible support provided by Seqwater and Sunshine Coast Council in making this achievement possible.
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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?

LBCCG continued to consolidate our position in the Lake Baroon catchment in 2018/19; at the forefront of working with the community to reduce risk to water quality. Several Programs (Dairy, Landslides & Weeds) wound down while the Maleny Sustainable Beef project proved more popular with local graziers than even we anticipated. Total project value totalled over $1.5 M – similar to the previous year. Seqwater was once again our primary supporter with Sunshine Coast Council, the Queensland Government and the Commonwealth also providing considerable support.

Environment Levy Partnership

LBCCG’s activities align well strategically and operationally with Sunshine Coast Council’s Biodiversity & Waterways Management strategies. Consequently LBCCG has been successful in receiving multiple year Partnerships with Council, allowing us to double our on ground projects budget by supporting resourcing needs. This project is proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program.