By Donna Jones

Published by Gympie Today, 21/09/2021

Gympie & District Landcare Group has received a $15,000 grant from the ANZ Community Foundation to go towards stabilising an eroding 1.5km section of Mary River riverbank that is delivering sediment and nutrients to the Great Barrier Reef.

Thomas Brook, Landcare services manager said the section has been extensively cleared and the area is listed as “of concern” regarding biodiversity status and vegetation management.

“The pre-clear broad vegetation group this project will re-establish will be consistent to eucalypt dominated woodlands with appropriate species selected to rapidly establish a primary canopy and promote riverbank stability,” Mr Brook said.

“Exclusion fencing along the riverbank is of primary importance to the success of this project.

“The restriction of cattle from riparian areas has shown to promote natural regeneration through increased cover, height, density, and species richness of regrowth,” he said.

The money will go towards fencing and planting 2700 trees and vegetation and weed management and maintenance of the site over a 12 to 18 month window to ensure success of the project.

The grant comes from the Community Foundation which is funded by ANZ employees, and for every dollar they contribute through the workplace giving program the Bank matches it with an additional two dollars.

Since 1988, more than 900 grants valued at more than $6 million have been distributed.

Chair of the Foundation Sarah Stubbings said: “Fundraising for charities is always a significant challenge, and even more so over the past 18 months, we are glad we can support these organisations that are passionate about improving access to housing, improving people’s financial well-being and supporting sustainable environments.

“It’s so great to see our ANZ people continuing to contribute some of their pay each week to help fund these vital projects and make a difference to the lives of many Australians in the process,” Ms Stubbings said.

The grant was one of only two awarded in Queensland out of 16 grants given this year.