Funding open for sustainable Ipswich community projects

From planting koala habitat areas to waste education – there are so many ways that the council Ti Tree Bioenergy Funding Program can be used to improve our city’s natural assets.

Eligible projects are funded through annual contributions paid by Ti Tree Bioenergy, for local environment and community focussed projects.

Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Councillor Russell Milligan said funding submissions were open until 30 September.

“The focus is firmly on projects that improve our environment, and we encourage community groups to come forward with innovative and resourceful projects,” Cr Milligan said.

“We especially encourage project submissions that benefit the area around Willowbank, so these funds are invested back into the local community and create positive outcomes for residents and the environment.”

The Ti Tree Bioenergy waste disposal facility utilises waste to generate energy. The facility was established in 2002 and is located in Willowbank.

The Planning and Environment court issued a development permit for the Facility in 2002. This included a ‘Contributions for Local Environmental Improvements’ condition. Under this condition, the operator (Ti Tree Bioenergy) pays council an annual payment to undertake community and environmental improvements.

Council, together with impacted stakeholders, decide what improvement projects the payments are used for.

For more details on Ti Tree Bioenergy Funding visit Shape Your Ipswich.


Deputy Mayor and Division 1 Councillor Jacob Madsen said he encouraged residents, sporting clubs and community groups with activities that support our natural environment to apply.

“The Ti Tree Program is quite unique and supports community organisations to improve the local environment,” Cr Madsen said.

“Some of the projects already underway include koala monitoring, park fencing works, and large scale weed removal and replanting with native species at George Hatchman and Mack Park.”

Division 1 Councillor Sheila Ireland said council will continue to investigate ways to protect the natural assets of our city as we work towards a greener future.

“Natural disasters, the effects of climate change and vandalism all have a devastating effect on our environment, and we must work to protect it,” Cr Ireland said.

“This program is a great example of how council, the private sector and local groups can collaborate to develop solutions to environmental problems.”

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