Cash for forest centre
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.