Lions Clubs around Australia are encouraged to undertake environmental projects as part of their Community Service activities. These projects vary greatly in size and duration.
Landsborough-Maleny Road Weed Removal Project.
In early 2014, Lion Winston Johnston, a long term resident of the Maleny district, proposed that our Club consider undertaking weed species removal and road-side beautification projects along the Landsborough-Maleny Road and along Obi Lane South where we should also investigate the planting of an ‘avenue of honour’ for the locals who enlisted in WWII.
As these ambitious proposals would require significant funds, Winston proposed that we apply for a grant from Everyone's Environment Grants (EEG) program for the weed species removal, and to the Anzac Centennial Grants program, for money for the Avenue of Honour. Unfortunately, our application to the Anzac Centennial Grants program was unsuccessful as was our first application for an EEG (Round Two).
We revised our application for an EEG (Round Three) to include money for the Avenue of Honour. While we were partly successful this time around, we did not receive funds to cover the Obi Lane South “Avenue of Honour”.
In May 2015 the Club officially received a grant for Environmental Weeds removal along the Landsborough-Maleny Road from the Montville turnoff to the Maleny township.
This grant has been used for major works like weed tree removal and mulching and for sundry items consumed during the many Club working bees that have been held. The majority of the labour used so far has been volunteered by Lions members and partners - approximately $30,000 worth in kind thus far.
The weed tree removal and mulching part of the project is now nearing completion and our future planned work includes follow-up weed control, mowing/slashing, and working bees targeting specific weed species like madeira vine.
Our future works will initially focus on weed regrowth control. These works will be followed by activities aimed at the beautification of the weed eradicated areas, and will include (but not be limited to) planting of native (to the area) trees and their ongoing maintenance.
Later, we hope to persuade Council to create a walking/cycle path/circuit from Maleny to Obi Lane South and back through the Precinct and to take on the upkeep of strategic sections of the reclaimed road sides.
Involvement by the Community and other interested parties will be encouraged and sought along the way and we are truly grateful to those residents who have already started to maintain cleared areas adjacent to their properties - to these generous people we say a big thank you!
Please Note: All future dates and proposed activities on this page are posted as forecasts and may change with out notice. Changes to future dates and activities will be reflected on this page as and when they are approved by The Club's Director's.