War has been declared on the Sunshine Coast and the region’s worst weeds are the targets.
The ‘War on Weeds’ is taking place throughout May, as residents swap weeds from their gardens for free native trees. Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the weed swaps were underway and would occur at 37 different locations over the next few weeks.
“The ‘War on Weeds’ is part of council’s Community Nature Conservation Program that assists local volunteer groups in their work restoring bushland, wetlands, coastal foreshores and waterways projects across the Sunshine Coast,” she said.
“It represents an ongoing partnership between council and the community in protecting and enhancing biodiversity on council owned land at the local level through actively involving and engaging volunteers in habitat restoration.
“Around 750 volunteers will be undertaking ‘working bees’ at the various weed swap sites across the region and providing useful advice to residents who turn up to swap their weeds for native trees.”
Environment Portfolio Councillor Tony Wellington said the ‘War on Weeds’ was a fantastic opportunity for residents to play an active role in improving their local environment.
“Over 70% of the invasive environmental weeds in South East Queensland are actually escaped garden weeds,” he said.
“Everyone has a role to play in looking after our environment and removing weeds from the garden and replacing them with native trees is one great way to make a positive contribution.”
Information on locations, dates and times for weed swaps is available on council’s website. Posters are also on display in local libraries and council’s customer services centres.