Queensland north coast has recently suffered one of the most devastating floods in recent history. With a year’s worth of rainfall in just nine days, there has been significant impacts on the local community, properties, habitats of our native wildlife and the natural environment.
Located in Townsville, Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Inc. (CDTLI) is experiencing the significant impacts of the floods first hand. The community group and its volunteers are dedicated to helping restore and protect the local environment, including the aftermath of the floods that has devastated their community.
Rehabilitation of the affected areas will be ongoing and CDTLI need your help. Please consider a special gift towards our goal of $5000. Your gift of $20, $50, $100 – or anything you can manage – will assist our volunteers to bring this damaged region back to life.
Sharon Marks, President of CDTLI, and Jacob Hancock, Project Officer of CDTLI, share how the recent floods have impacted CDTLI and the natural environment across the Townsville region.
Sharon talks about the heartache shared amongst her community, “Shock, loss of homes for some, and a feeling of helplessness to make a change.”
Goondaloo Creek lies adjacent to the Palliative Care Centre at the Townsville Hospital. CDTLI holds regular working bees to continue the work to improve the amenity of the area. However the floods have created a big setback to this revegetation project.
“We have experienced loss of about half the trees recently planted in a revegetation site on Goondaloo Creek, damage to recently installed signs at Landcare sites, and dispersal of plastic and plant debris throughout some sites” shares Sharon.
Your support will allow revegetation works to start up again and new signage to be installed, work undertaken to control erosion, improve water quality and attract wildlife, as well as improve scenic amenity and community education for the local residents.
The Ross River site has also suffered extensive damage, Jacob explains, “There has been extreme erosion of a weed removal project site on the banks of the Ross River, as well as the flood water causing erosion up to the bike track and dispersing most topsoil, making revegetation difficult.”
The loss of plantings that the volunteers established prior to the flooding is devastating for the community, but the CDTLI group is motivated to protect this vulnerable ecosystem.
This campaign will help to fund the purchase of necessary equipment for the management of invasive plant species and planting materials for revegetation activities, as well as for conducting repairs to fencing and watering infrastructure.
“It is vital to restore the riparian and coastal habitats through revegetation, which is going to take a long time to complete” adds Sharon. This will contribute to ecosystem health by improving water quality and managing pollutants released by the floods.
Your donation will help boost morale and provide funding desperately needed by the local Townsville community to help restore and protect the natural environment and the habitats of the native wildlife so that the Townsville region can continue to be a beautiful place to live.