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The Lions Club of Buderim has been nurturing the idea of a garden, focused on biodiversity and embracing all walks of life.  Now it has come into being, helped by the Federal Government’s Communities Environment Program.

Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien joined in the planting today.

“Our local communities have so much to offer when it comes to caring for our environment and I was delighted to secure $5,225 for the Lions Club of Buderim to facilitate this project,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Their vision was to transform the Buderim Lions Park into an ecosystem supporting a diverse range of flora and fauna native to the area.

“In doing so, they have also engaged and educated a wide cross-section of the community from the Lions members themselves, students from Sunshine Coast University and Year 6 students from Buderim Mountain State School.”

Project Coordinator Joy Unger thanked Mr O’Brien on behalf of the Lions Club.

“This grant allows us to establish a section of the Lions Park in Burnett Street which will include a diverse selection of native plant species to provide food, water and habitats for a range of native wildlife,” Mrs Unger said.

“The Buderim Lions Park is testimony to community involvement in a sustainable environmental project in which the local Buderim community has demonstrated its support in shaping a sustainable future.”

Buderim Lions President Brian McBride said the Lions’ history with the park dated back 52 years.

“The Buderim Lions started developing the Lion’s Park in 1968.  Before that it was a quarry, so it was a huge job moving giant rocks to create the park and the initial gardens,” Mr McBride said.

“The Lions Club later added two shelters and tables and continued to maintain the park and its gardens until 2008 when it was redeveloped by council.  The current Lions also raised $40,000 to install the playground.

“Buderim Lions is proud to have secured this Federal Environment Grant which will ensure future generations continue to enjoy the beautiful park and its surroundings, including the magnificent coastal views, which attract many tourists each year.”

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