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    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    Funding to keep “Ithaca Intact’’

    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    Thursday, May 08, 2008

    Funding to keep “Ithaca Intact’’

    An ambitious project to revitalise a seven kilometre stretch of an iconic local waterway and protect it for future generations, will be a major environmental boost for the inner-city.

    Member for Mt Coot-tha, Andrew Fraser, announced funding of $34,700 for “Ithaca Intact’’, a community project to renew the important urban catchment of Ithaca Creek which flows through the city’s inner west.

    “For many years people treated our suburban creeks as dumping grounds, littering fragile areas with waste. This project is going to ensure we no longer turn our back on Ithaca Creek, instead making it a place to enjoy and protect.’’

    Mr Fraser said the Ithaca Intact project was born out of community concern for the environment and the funding would help promote community involvement in restoring and looking after Ithaca Creek.

    “This is an important Brisbane waterway from its headwaters at Mt Coot-tha as it winds through Bardon, Ashgrove and Red Hill,” Mr Fraser said.

    “It’s imperative that we address environmental concerns affecting Ithaca Creek so it can be preserved for our children and grandchildren.

    “The Ithaca Intact project will restore parts of the creek, reduce weed species and improve water quality.

    “It is an innovative program to educate and engage the community and is run by the Save Our Waterways Now organisation.”

    Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation, Andrew McNamara, said the funding was allocated under the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Program.

    “The health of South East Queensland’s diverse and important waterways - including Ithaca Creek - is vital to maintaining and improving the lifestyles and livelihoods of our communities,” Mr McNamara said.

    “Maintaining our waterways in a healthy condition is an ongoing challenge, and one we must continue to meet.”

    Mr Fraser, a volunteer on local creek care projects, said it was great to see that schools in the area would be involved in the work, along with community and business organisations, to improve the overall state of public land near the catchment.

    “I’ve been involved with Ithaca Creek clean-ups since before I was an MP.

    “This is an important and iconic part of my electorate and I am committed to preserving it for future generations.’’

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