“We promised to support grassroots projects that deliver real environmental outcomes. We are delivering on that promise and now we are seeing real benefits on the ground.
“One of the biggest challenges the butterflies are facing in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is the spread of an introduced plant which looks like the Richmond birdwing vine,” Mr Powell said.
“These plants confuse the egg-laying females and poison the caterpillars when they emerge.
“Dozens of volunteers have been removing noxious weeds and planting 5000 native Richmondbirdwing vines in two hectares of prime butterfly habitat near Maleny.
“By planting the Richmond birdwing vine, they will be giving the species a greater chance of surviving and thriving.
Everyone’s Environment grants provide support to grassroots environmental projects, with $12 million available over three rounds.
Round three of the Everyone’s Environment grants program will open in mid 2014.
For more information visit www.ehp.qld.gov.au/funding/everyones-environment