Grants up to $10,000 to support 2020 green projects in Logan

VULNERABLE plants within Tamborine bushland continue to survive due to the efforts of volunteers with support from Logan City Council's environmental grants program.

VOLUNTEERS: Genevieve Ash and Niraj Bhatt tend to newly planted Richmond Birdwing Butterfly vines at Tamborine.

VOLUNTEERS: Genevieve Ash and Niraj Bhatt tend to newly planted Richmond Birdwing Butterfly vines at Tamborine.

Conservation Volunteers Australia was one of the 36 successful grant winners selected last year.

Funding has supported their program to plant hundreds of vines to restore habitat for the endangered Richmond Birdwing Butterfly.

While CVA aimed to plant 400 vines, they fell 200 short of their target due to ongoing drought conditions.

The remaining 200 vines will be planted when conditions improve.

CVA operations manager of southern Queensland Doug Mackenzie said hand watering the vines was the only way for them to survive the drought.

"We've had up to seven volunteers going up there (to Tamborine) weekly to water the new vines," he said.

Environmental grant funding has also been used to support two other CVA programs.

These include eradication of weeds in the koala corridor from Shailer Park to Daisy Hill and working with Springwood State High School to eradicate weeks in school grounds bushland.

Mr Mackenzie said environment grants were critical to the organisation's work.

"The work we have done so far is building on a nicely growing relationship we have with Logan City Council," he said.

Other grant winners used their funding to support research into the Eastern blue-tongue skink and the Bats Alive Logan Release Centre.

The program has also helped rescue and rehabilitate orphaned baby birds and other wildlife.

Applications for next year's environmental grants up to $10,000 per project will open on January 29 and close on March 11.

There are five grant categories available including environmental partnerships and capacity building, on-ground ecosystem restoration, environmental surveys and research, environmental education and individual wildlife carer support.

Grant winners will be revealed at the Logan Eco Action festival in May.

Mr Mackenzie urged eligible groups and individuals to apply for a grant.

"Some may think that the work they are doing is just a very small part of the bigger picture but little steps add up to big changes," he said.

For more information visit the Logan City Council website and search for EnviroGrants or call 3412 3412.

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