Cash for for­est cen­tre

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ai­den Boy­ham

The Bal­divis Chil­dren’s For­est launched its eco ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre pro­ject on Wednesday, with En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son and Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby hand­ing over $200,000 to the pro­ject on be­half of the State Govern­ment.

Lo­cated off Man­durah Road, Bal­divis Chil­dren’s For­est has served as a point for en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion for nearly 20 years.

How­ever, with ad­min­is­tra­tion of the 20ha site cur­rently man­aged out of a sea con­tainer, the BCF has looked to ex­pand its op­er­a­tions and com­mu­nity ou- treach with a new eco ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre.

Mr Whitby said the eco ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre would help the BCF con­tinue to pro­vide its award­win­ning pro­grams.

“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,” he said.

BCF chair­man Tim Hill said the cen­tre would also be avail­able to com­mu­nity groups for hire, ul­ti­mately be­com­ing a base for Guides, Scouts, Bushranger cadets and many oth­ers who al­ready use the for­est.

“The past 12 months has seen an in­cred­i­ble surge in pop­u­lar­ity for the Bal­divis Chil­dren’s For­est,” Mr Hill said.

“Over 2500 school stu­dents from dozens of lo­cal and Perth schools have en­gaged in amaz­ing ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences that ig­nite the learn­ing flame and in­spire young lo­cal kids to learn more about sci­ence, his­tory, cul­tures and lo­cal flora and fauna.”

Mr Hill said the team was also work­ing with the City of Rock­ing­ham to se­cure the for­est as a key ed­u­ca­tion and eco site.

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