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Green light for green projects
Baldivis Primary School Year 6 students Georgia Brown and Nathan Fletcher enjoy planting trees.

Bushland projects in the Town of Kwinana and conservation works at the Baldivis Children’s Forest have been awarded funding under the Environmental Community Grants program.

Baldivis Children’s Forest project manager Jo Tregonning said staff and volunteers were delighted to receive the $18,365 grant. It meant conservation work at the forest by children and the community could continue for the next year.

‘‘Without the grant, Baldivis Children’s Forest would not have funding to continue our planting and revegetation program which involves 1500 students and teachers in term two each year, ’’ Mrs Tregonning said.

‘‘This planting program has been in operation since 2000 and has transformed the park from a degraded former farm block to conservation sanctuary.’’

She said the grant would fund for 4000 seedlings, collection of seed for propagation, irrigation, watering, weed control and the continuation of feral bee control.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said its $17,542 grant would help complete a range of important works to conserve natural bushland at the Rotary Wild Flower Reserve and Thomas Oval Bushland.

‘‘This includes community planting days, school planting days, bird identification, seed collection, weed control and feral animal control,’’ she said.

Cr Adams said it was hoped the works would provide crucial habitat and food sources for native fauna.

Work is expected to start towards the end of the year and be completed by the middle of next year.

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