Chil­dren’s For­est in growth spurt

Kwinana Courier - - Let's Eat -

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.

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