Coalition gives Ferntree Gully North Primary School a nature boost

The Victorian Coalition Government is providing local community groups in Ferntree Gully more support by providing nearly $10,000 through the Communities for Nature funding program.

Member for Ferntree Gully, Nick Wakeling MP said the Communities for Nature grants were one of the ways the Napthine Government is supporting practical action to improve and maintain the environment at a local level.

“The Communities for Nature grants program supports local community groups by providing funding to complete on-ground works to conserve and enhance our local environment,” Mr Wakeling said.

Ferntree Gully North Primary School will now be able to complete their project, ‘A Wildlife Walk – connections for flora, fauna and the community’ with a grant total of $9,685. This project aims to assess, protect and enhance existing habitats for local wildlife and create an informative walking trail.

“Thank you to the environmental groups and community organisations in Knox on their initiative and commitment to our environment.

“In this round of Communities for Nature grants, the state has shared in over $807,000 in Communities for Nature funding. This program is another tangible example of the how the Napthine Government is delivering support to local communities to achieve positive environmental outcomes that benefit our whole community,” Mr Wakeling said.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the $20 million Communities for Nature program highlights the Napthine Government’s commitment to partnership working between government, community and environmental groups.

“Victoria’s environment continues to benefit from our strong focus on providing local community groups with the support they need to deliver environmental works at a local level,” Mr Smith said.

“Through the Communities for Nature program, the Napthine Government is committed to working with local communities and land managers to achieve positive environmental outcomes. After 11 years, Labor left Victoria’s ecosystem with a legacy of waste and mismanagement.

“Victoria’s environment is now benefiting to the tune of $20 million though local initiatives supported by Coalition Government’s Communities for Nature program.

“Communities for Nature grants directly support local groups to carry out important ecological projects, while contributing to their local environment and are another example of the Coalition Government’s ability to deliver real and tangible support to local communities that directly benefits Victoria’s environment.”

For more information visit www.depi.vic.gov.au

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