Moreton Bay receives environmental and economic boost

Moreton Bay receives environmental and economic boost

A $394,000 facelift to the Kumbartcho environment centre will not only keep tradies on the tools, but also help to educate future generations about the natural world around them.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the project was approved by Council today and fast-tracked thanks to the State Government’s $91,500 contribution through the Works For Queensland program (W4Q).

“Projects like this are a win-win for both our environment and our economy,” he said.

“Thanks to the State Government’s W4Q program we’re able to fast-track the delivery of these works to keep the economy flowing as Moreton Bay Region recovers from COVID-19.

“The State Government’s support is one of the most efficient ways government can inject investment and confidence into our economy at this critical time.

“And on a personal level it’s a project close to my heart because I’m passionate about ensuring future generations have the ability to go out and see koalas, frogs, lizards and turtles in the suburbs and where they live.”

Stimulating the region's economy

Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd said the W4Q program had already proven to be a major economic stimulator for the region, by putting cash in the hands of locals.

“The State Government knows the value of keeping work going, especially after Christmas to ensure we start 2021 on the right foot,” she said.

“These works are just one of many we’re helping to fund right across Moreton Bay Region to help Council boost the local economy.

“Kumbartcho is an amazing community asset that teaches children and adults right across the region about the value of the environment around us.”

Safe space for staff and volunteers

Cr Cath Tonks (Div 9) said the upgrades at Kumbartcho will ensure staff and volunteers have a safe space so they can continue to educate future generations to take a keen interest in the natural world.

“Renovation works include structural repairs to the cottage, as well as upgrades to retaining walls and stormwater management areas.,” Cr Tonks said.

“Kumbartcho is a beautiful asset right here in the heart of Moreton Bay Region that many people don’t know even exists, I want to change that!

“There are six hectares of former Bunya Park Zoo that have been turned into a sanctuary for all to enjoy and explore, as well as a playground, nursery and environment centre.

“The fun educational work they do here with children is amazing and the great thing is that any investment here is an investment into the entire region for years to come.”

For more information check out Kumbartcho’s website: https://www.kumbartcho.org.au/

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