Schools and community groups can work together to care for our local environment with help from the Reef Catchments Public Fund.
In 2010, the Pioneer Environmental Area Project (PEAP) was a Public Fund recipient.
PEAP is a joint initiative between Pioneer High School and community environmental groups. Together they repaired and restored a wetland lagoon adjacent to the schools grounds which is fed by an underground water system.
“We wanted this area to be safe, attractive and useful to the community, our students, and those in partnership with primary schools as part of their studies of the environment and environmental good practice,” said Mr Joel Buchholz, Pioneer High School Principal.
Through the Public Fund, phase two of PEAP was completed. PEAP used the funds to appoint contractors to remove trees, pump water, and remove vegetation from the lagoon.
“We aimed to re-establish this natural environment by improving the health of the local wetland which feeds into local waterways and ultimately the reef,” said Mr Buchholz.
Have a project in mind that needs funding? Applications for Round 2 of the 2011/12 Public Fund are due by Tuesday 31 July 2012.
Project applications need to focus on the sustainable management of a natural resource in Mackay Whitsunday Isaac and deliver a tangible difference the region. A natural resource can be land, water, plants and wildlife, coasts or marine asset.
Download the application form online.