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CCA Grants, National Tree Day Date Claimer and the Cane Toad Challenge

Community Conservation Assistance (CCA) Grants

If there is a particular area of bushland near your revegetation site or local creek which is crying out for love and affection, the Brisbane City Council 2017-2018 Community Conservation Assistance (CCA) Grants are now open and applications close on 31st July, 2017.

Please read the attached factsheet which will help you decide if your site is eligible for the grant. The CCA grant is not a cash grant but provides assistance in the way of plants, weed control (including large weed tree removal) and restoration works. SOWN is happy to co-ordinate applications for any grants.

Can you please send your nominated site and a list of your needs to diglynn@bigpond.com by Sunday 16th July as SOWN has to discuss sites
and priorities with our local BCC Creek Catchment Officer before submitting applications."

CCA_grants_2017.pdf

National Tree Day Celebrations - Sunday 30 July

Patsy the bush python and friends

Its coming up again so put it in your diary! SOWN Nursery and Paten Park Native Nursery are having our annual open, fun day on Sunday 30 July to celebrate National Tree Day.

Time: Sunday 30 July 2017, 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.

Location: SOWN Nursery and PPNN, 57 Paten Road, The Gap.

Don't miss the celebrations as there will be talks, displays, demonstrations and wildlife - with a reptile theme. Also a BBQ and good coffee.

It should be a very enjoyable and informative day. Please come along to this free local event and bring your family, relatives and neighbours.

The Cane Toad Challenge

Brisbane City Council is seeking expressions of interest from groups to nominate potential sites for cane toad tadpole control.

The following criteria should be used to determine suitable sites:
- located on Council land and either a current Creek Catchment or Habitat Brisbane site;
- still or slow moving water bodies within the site;
- regular problems with cane toad and their tadpoles on the site;
- have willing participants within the group that would like to would like to participate in a trial over the next three years.

If you have sites that fit the above criteria, please contact Emma Rigney on emma.rigney@brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone 31782719. Please provide your expression of interest by no later than Friday 14th July 2017.

Traps will be deployed within specified priority sites across the city during a three year trial period. While Council will try to accommodate as much community participation as possible, we can't guarantee that an opportunity to participate will be available to all groups.

What is the Cane Toad Challenge?

Brisbane City Council has signed an agreement with the University of Queensland to become an affiliate member in their Cane Toad Challenge.

The Cane Toad Challenge is the University of Queensland's citizen science project to trial the use of their new patented cane toad tadpole baiting technology. The baits are species specific to cane toad tadpoles and are not toxic to other organisms within the waterway.

Creek catchment group members have an opportunity to receive training, traps and baits in order to deploy traps during the cane toad breeding season within their nominated sites.