Restoring our environment

Councillor Hermann Vorster is passionate about protecting the local natural environment. He has restored wetlands, created new habitats, planted thousands of new trees and led efforts to eliminate pests from our waterways. 

His priorities include:

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Leafy green suburbs

Sensibly manage our street scape to protect our reputation as a leafy green area with the right trees in the right place.

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Healthier waterways

Improve water quality by rehabilitating vegetated drains, managing weeds, rehabilitating embankments, and supporting the community to remove pest fish.

Hermann’s track record

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Thousands of new trees

Secured the Gold Coast’s Biggest Tree Planting Day at Robina City Parklands, planting 10,000 native plants.

Hosted National Tree Day celebrations in local schools to increase native planting in local gardens and foster care of our natural areas.

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New wetlands

Created new wetlands in Robina for frog and bird habitat – and to improve water quality in the Mudgeeraba Creek.

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Wetland rehabilitation

Removed noxious weeds, poisoned exotic grasses and planted 5000 new trees at the Varsity Lakes Wetland to improve water quality and support swamp wallabies.

Funded extensive rehabilitation of Lake Orr Catchment Reserve along Christine Avenue.

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Helping sick and injured wildlife

Secured $20,000 for the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to treat sick and injured wildlife from Division 11.

Personally constructed temporary fencing to protect nesting black swans from dog attacks.

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Preventing bird strikes

Secured $7000 in Council support for the Tackle Bin Project, delivering safe disposal bins for fishing tackle along lakes.

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Wildlife advisory signage

Erected advisory signage asking motorists to take care of crossing wildlife at Lake Lomandra and Robina Parkway.

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Nature resources

Funded publication of Birds of the Gold Coast to engender greater appreciation of natural areas across the Gold Coast.

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Tackling litter

Co-ordinated annual Clean Up Australia Day, Robina Spring Clean, and rubbish collection events to rid the area of litter and illegal dumping. 

Councillor Hermann Vorster said council officers had been asked to identify potential [Koala conservation] sites.

…“I think there would be widespread support for this work and the declaration of a ‘Borobi Reserve’ would reflect council’s underlying support for getting the balance right.”

Plans for ‘Borobi Reserve’ in Coomera as ... Commonwealth Games legacy

7 September 2017, Gold Coast Bulletin