TREAT Environmental Benefit Fund

Another milestone in TREAT's history

In March 2000, TREAT was entered into the Commonwealth Governments Register of Environmental Organizations. This involved Treat establishing a Public Fund which was entitled TREAT Environmental Benefit Fund, which was approved as a charitable fund. This means that donations to the fund over the value of $2 are tax deductible and the donor can claim them as charitable gifts in their tax returns.

The fund is managed by a separate committee which is set up under commonwealth government approval. The fund is also subject to annual account auditing, and annual returns to the government and the public on the management of the fund.

The fund has now been operating since March 2000 and provides for various activities directly related to revegetation projects.

What Happens to Your Donations

The main objective of the Environmental Benefit Fund is to support the environmental objectives of TREAT.

This monetary support has taken on many aspects from supplementing the shortfall of resources necessary to complete planting projects to upgrading administration infrastructure.

In most cases planting projects are funded by various agencies to get trees in the ground. In most cases funding does not adequately cover the site maintenance - weeding; fertilizing; frost protection; irrigation - until the trees have achieved canopy cover.

In the tropics maintenance is vital for the future of the planting. The major weeds usually found are pasture grass and legume vine regrowth which can quickly smother the young plants, and this requires multiple control spraying events to allow the trees to reach canopy closure. TREAT employs certified contractors to apply the appropriate herbicide to undertake this control.

With the weather/ climate including site specific conditions, through EBF, TREAT have been able to reduce the impact of frosts, and dry periods by the purchase and installation of frost guards and the use of irrigation. These acquisitions have greatly reduced the mortality, and setback otherwise suffered by the young plants. This has reduced the need for further in-fill planting to replace the losses.

Most sites for revegetation are on private landholders' property and it is with their generosity of gifting their land that TREAT is able to continue. As most of these sites follow waterways, TREAT, through EBF arranges fencing to protect the seedlings, and in some cases for emergency watering points for the landowner's livestock.

In 2018 TREAT was able to obtain grant funding to further the Peterson Creek corridor.

In future years TREAT is working toward strengthening the patchy corridor between Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham by inviting Landowners to participate in revegetation corridor plantings on their land.

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