Twenty-seven of Brisbane’s most committed wildlife carers and community groups will share in $145,000 in grants.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the Native Wildlife Carers Grants and Sustainability Grants programs were a great example of Brisbane’s commitment to remain clean, green and sustainable.
Cr Schrinner said 18 grants had been awarded to Brisbane wildlife carers who work tirelessly and often unnoticed looking after animals.
“Brisbane’s wildlife carers are true heroes and we’re helping make sure they have the funds needed to properly care for our native wildlife,” he said.
“This grant round will support people who are working to rehabilitate, and release orphaned, sick and injured native animals, from bats and reptiles to koalas and kookaburras.”
Cr Schrinner said nine grants had gone to community groups to help them reduce energy costs.
“Energy costs have increased significantly and this can have huge impacts on community groups,” he said.,
“The grants we are providing will go towards solar panel installations, lighting upgrades and appliance replacements.
“This funding is critical in making sure our local sports, community groups and not-for-profits can keep the lights on, despite rising costs.
“Whether it’s the footy club we take our kids to on a Saturday morning or the RSL’s supporting our city’s veterans, community groups are the heart of our local suburbs and I’m committed to supporting them.”
“Brisbane’s community and not-for-profit groups work incredibly hard to make our city a better place and I’m so grateful for everything they do.”
Cr Schrinner said the grants were just one of the ways Council is helping to make Brisbane clean and green.
“Many people don’t realise Brisbane City Council is Australia’s largest carbon-neutral government and one of just two cities globally to receive gold level under the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Cities Global Initiative,” he said.
“We’ve also teamed up with Greening Australia to plant one million more native plants by 2032 and this is just one example of our commitment to keeping Brisbane clean and green.
“Brisbane is blessed with a unique lifestyle that our residents love and we’re protecting it for future generations.”
A total of $145,000 has been provided through this round of the Native Wildlife Carers Grants and Sustainability Grants program.
The second round of Brisbane City Council’s green grants is currently open, with funding from both the Cultivating Community Gardens Grant and Environmental Grant ranging from $1,000 to $20,000.
Applications for the Cultivating Community Gardens Grant and the Environmental Grant close on 11 December 2023.
For more details visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/grants or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.
2023-24 Sustainability Grant recipients:
|Xavier Children’s Support Network
|Implement energy efficient practices, appliances and solar panel installation to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
|Commercial Rowing Club
|Install 10kW PV system and upgrade lighting to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
|The Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane – Parish of Aspley Albany Creek
|Install solar PV system to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
|Corinda Christian Kindergarten Association Inc.
|Replace existing damaged solar system with a new system, to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
|Sherwood Community Kindergarten Inc.
|Upgrade existing old air conditioner and fans to more energy efficient units, to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
|Yeronga Eagles Football Club Inc
|Upgrade non field lighting to LED and movement sensor switching, to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
|Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Sandgate Sub Branch Inc
|Undertake energy audit and subsequent upgrade to lighting, insulation, and windows as recommended by the audit, to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
|St Paul’s Antiochian Orthodox Church Brisbane
|Tinting of large windows and installation of shade sails to reduce use of air-conditioning and carbon emissions.
|Tingalpa & District Kindergarten Association Inc
|Undertake energy audit and install solar PV system as recommended by the audit, to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
2023-24 Native Wildlife Carers Grant recipients:
|Bat Conservation and Rescue Qld Inc
|Reimbursement of consumables for the rehabilitation of bats and gliders.
|Reptile Rehabilitation Qld Inc
|Reimbursement of vehicle expenses for the rescue of reptiles and amphibians for eight volunteers for 120 call outs within BCC LGA.
|Native Wildlife Carer – 16 Individuals
|Combined total: $60,556.75