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Partnership benefits environmental outcome - 4 March 2014

An environmental offset partnership has commenced between Gympie Regional Council (GRC) and electricity provider Energex.

The offset management plan will guide the rehabilitation of the Victoria Bridge Conservation Area situated between the Bruce Highway at Bridge Street and Brisbane Road, Gympie, over the next four years.

The Victoria Bridge Conservation Area includes a number of land parcels held by GRC for the purposes of conservation and recreational use.

Mayor Ron Dyne said, "The outcomes of the offset management plan will assist GRC to achieve its Corporate Plan vision for the environment."

"Work will include revegetation across 7ha of the site, the creation of a path network and open space areas populated with shade trees for passive recreational use.  Selection and planting of local native species, showcasing local ecosystems, will be undertaken as part of the works under the management plan", said Mayor Dyne.

The planting and establishment works will be funded by Energex as part of its commitment to offset the vegetation cleared for the installation of new infrastructure in the Gympie Region.

"Energex is committed to achieving an environmental gain through offsets for network enhancement projects that result in unavoidable environmental impacts," Steve Lynch said.

"The offsets have been implemented following the completion of the Gympie to Tin Can Bay 33,000 volt power line.

"Under its corporate Environmental Offsets Policy, Energex seeks to achieve an equivalent, or better, environmental outcome than the area had prior to development."

Landscape Conservation, as the successful tenderer for the Energex-funded works, started site preparation earlier this month.

Mayor Ron Dyne and Steve Lynch