Seven groups in the coastal South-West region have received funds totalling $10,750 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.
Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes today said the groups and individuals were Newton Moore Senior High School, Bunbury, Wildlife Emergency Care in Busselton, Robin Dennis from Karridale, Carol Hands from Boyup Brook, Dunsborough and Districts Program Association Inc, Vasse River Action Plan and the Moora Salmon Gums Revegetation Group.
Grants are given out each year by the State Government to volunteer groups and individuals to assist with the protection and conservation of the State’s native plants and animals, and other programs such as landcare and education.
Bunbury’s Newton Moore Senior High School was granted $2,400 for their project Save the Native Butterflies.
Mrs Edwardes said she was pleased to see that grants were going to schools throughout the State and it was encouraging to see young Western Australians were interested in doing something for their local environment.
Wildlife Emergency Care in Busselton was granted $450, Ms Dennis from Karridale received $450, and Ms Hands from Boyup Brook was given $450 for her fauna rescue program.
Dunsborough and Districts Program Association Inc. was granted $2,000 for their Saving the Ringtail Possum Habitat Project.
The implementation of the Vasse River Action Plan to control weeds near the vital water system was granted $5,000.
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.
“With the overwhelming support and dedication of community groups, we can be assured that much is being done to conserve our environment,” she said.
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