GRANT FOR YOUNG LANDCARE CHAMPIONS
LANDCARE CHAMPIONS: Birregurra Primary School students will learn about the environment with help from a Coranmgamite CMA Sue Hickey Memorial Grant.
Students from Birregurra, Deans Marsh, Forrest and Winchelsea primary schools will take part in a regional Landcare Champions program thanks to a Corangamite Catchment Management Authority Sue Hickey Memorial Grant.
The Sue Hickey Memorial Grant offers funding for training, study and other forms of learning related to environment volunteer work.
The Upper Barwon Landcare Network, one of six grant recipients for 2012 sharing in $10,000 funding, will use its grant to fund a Landcare Champions Program in 2013 at four district primary schools.
Birregurra Primary School’s Landcare Champions group is already established. The group has been testing water quality in the Barwon River and Birregurra Creek and working with Birregurra Community Group members planting trees along the creek. The champions program also includes a visit to the Earth Sanctuary at Little River.
Corangamite CMA chief executive Gareth Smith congratulated this year’s successful recipients and said he was impressed with the quality of the applications.
Corangamite CMA celebrated the grant’s 10-year anniversary in August, highlighting the work of previous recipients.
In the past decade the grant has helped 39 community groups, schools and individuals, with nearly $100,000 passed on to recipients.
This year the successful recipients will use the funds for study tours, attending environment related conferences and horse management courses to improve biodiversity management.
Other 2012 grant recipients include:
• Ballarat Christian College will take a group of Year Nine students to the International Water Conference
• A Greening Australia representative will attend a Limnology Conference at the University of New England
• Lismore Land Protection Group will use its grant for a study tour
• Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail Committee of Management will use its grant for a study tour
• Surf Coast and Inland Plains Network will conduct a responsible horse management course to improve biodiversity management.