Seven groups in the Swan Hills region, east of Perth, have received funds totalling $5,023 under the State Government’s Community Conservation Grants scheme for local community initiatives.
The seven are among 57 volunteer conservation groups throughout the State that received a total of $169,000 under the scheme. The groups range in location from Kunanarra in the East Kimberley to Esperance on the South Coast.
Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes today said the seven groups were St Anthony’s School; Wot’s On ‘Ere Flora and Fauna Group; Friends of Kintore Rd Reserve; Veronica Garratt, Gooseberry Hill; Johanna Wiel, Lesmurdie; Joan Brown, Kalamunda; and Faye Deery, Walliston.
Grants are given out each year by the State Government to volunteer groups and individuals that assist with the protection and conservation of the State’s native plants and animals, and other programs such as landcare and education.
St Anthony’s School who has founded a Men of the Trees, Southern Brook Catchment Group received $1,548. Mrs Edwardes said that she was pleased to see that grants were going to schools throughout the State.
Wot’s On ‘Ere Flora and Fauna Preservation Pond received $1,075, Friends of Kintore Rd Reserve in Parkerville $800, Veronica Garratt $350, Ms Wiel $450, Mrs Brown $350 and Ms Deery $350.
Mrs Edwardes said these groups were recognised by the Government as important to the local area and made invaluable contributions to protect the State’s natural environment.
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