Cel­e­bra­tion of car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

IT’S all well and good to say that look­ing after the en­vi­ron­ment is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity, but for 20 years now re­spon­si­bil­ity for a sig­nif­i­cant amount of na­ture care has oc­curred across Perth be­cause of a pro­gram link­ing will­ing vol­un­teers, gov­ern­ment ex­perts and one large cor­po­rate or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The Swan Al­coa Land­care Pro­gram (SALP) be­gan in 1988 and has fa­cil­i­tated more than $8.5 mil­lion in grants that com­mu­nity groups have used to re­ju­ve­nate lo­cal nat­u­ral and bush ar­eas through more than 1350 lo­cal projects.

To mark 20 years of the pro­gram, the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions and Al­coa have pro­duced a com­mem­o­ra­tive 24-page mag­a­zine that cel­e­brates some of the projects, the groups and the in­di­vid­u­als in­volved.

It also lists con­tact de­tails for all the lo­cal com­mu­nity groups that work with SALP to at­tract more vol­un­teers.

Mariyon Slany, chair­woman of sus­tain­abil­ity non-profit Perth NRM, said SALP was about peo­ple who cared and were pre­pared to take ac­tion.

The free mag­a­zine is avail­able within this edi­tion of your Com­mu­nity news­pa­per, or visit www.perth­nrm.com.

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