Unclaimed community and casino gaming winnings have been used to fund a conservation project promoting sustainable gardening practices designed to improve the health of the Canning and Swan river systems.
Racing and Gaming Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today handed over a cheque for $250,000 to fund the Great Gardens and Sustainable Gardening Project to Swan River Trust chairman Charlie Welker at the Guildford Town Garden Centre.
The Minister said the Gaming Community Trust provided a means of ensuring unclaimed winnings were diverted back into projects that could provide clear community benefits.
“The Gaming Community Trust is funded by unclaimed community and casino gaming winnings and is able to support key community projects,” she said.
“That scope was recently extended to include environmental projects, including the protection and enhancement of the ecological and community benefits of the Swan and Canning Rivers and associated wetlands and foreshores.”
Ms Ravlich said gardening was one of the many human activities that impacted on the conditions of rivers and raising awareness of methods that reduced that impact was crucial.
“Major behaviour change is needed at community and organisational levels to significantly improve the health of the rivers in order to reduce high levels of nutrients from fertilisers entering the rivers, and this project will help drive that,” she said.
The Gaming Community Trust was established in 2002 to provide advice and make recommendations to the Minister for Racing and Gaming on the distribution of funds and grants for the general benefit of the community.
The Trust administers funds that are derived from approved community gaming operations and gaming at Burswood Casino that have remained unclaimed for a minimum period of 12 months.
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