Celebration of caring for the environment
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.