Children’s Forest in growth spurt
BALDIVIS Children’s Forest will become an education hub after receiving $200,000 from the State Government.
One of its pre-election commitments, the money comes from the State’s Local Projects, Local Jobs Program.
It will allow an education centre to be built at the award-winning, internationally recognised Baldivis Children’s Forest.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby was rapt to help the Baldivis Children’s Forest group.
He said it would also create jobs in Baldivis.
“Baldivis Children’s Forest has been an environmental education hub for local school children and the wider community since 2000, and this bushland reserve will now have the capacity to build an environmental education centre,” he said.
“The centre will include a classroom and administration centre, ensuring it has a permanent facility to continue hosting best-practice educational programs that promote conservation and environmental sustainability and Aboriginal cultural values.
“Encouraging children to con- nect with nature is one of the best things we can do to conserve the environment for current and future generations, so I am pleased that the McGowan Labor Government is able to help this dedicated community organisation make a difference.”
The Baldivis Children’s Forest sits on 19ha of revegetated bushland.
Administration of the site is currently run from a sea container.
Local Projects, Local Jobs grants support local communities by providing funding to important grassroots initiatives and programs.
The program is assisting a range of local organisations including schools, sporting groups and other community groups.
Reece Whitby and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson with locals.