February 26, 2015
Alcoa celebrates environmental heroes
The funds will target revegetation of priority waterways, bush land restoration, dieback management, the installation of fencing, weed control and the removal and management of feral pests.
A joint initiative of Perth Region Natural Resource Management, the Swan River Trust and Alcoa of Australia, the funds are part of the Swan River Trust and Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP) which began 17 years ago. During this time, it has provided more than $7 million to help volunteers across the Swan Canning Catchment plant more than two million trees.
“SALP helps thousands of everyday environmental heroes to improve Perth’s wetlands, restore native animal habitats and create wonderful areas for our community,” said Lisa Potter, Chief Executive Officer, Perth Region NRM.
Alcoa of Australia Chairman and Managing Director Alan Cransberg said Alcoa was committed to working with community groups to support local projects which create a sustainable environment.
“For 17 years, Alcoa has valued its partnership with the Swan River Trust and Perth Region NRM to deliver SALP. We are grateful for the outstanding volunteers who invest hours of their own time to make a tangible difference to the environment we all appreciate and enjoy.”
Margaret Mataffa, a volunteer with the Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group and one of the grant recipients, said it was fantastic to see wildlife and birds returning to sites where they haven’t been seen in a long time.
Shane Hunter, of Armadale Gosnells Landcare said, “We have all sorts of people involved, including school kids. Sometimes they may not be engaged in learning at school, but on site they are enthusiastic and keen to get their hands dirty, put plants in the ground and learn about the environment.”
The ceremony was attended by Albert Jacobs, Minister for Environment.
“In isolation, government, community and business can achieve great things in the environmental sphere, but when we work together, as has happened with SALP, the outcomes speak for themselves,” Mr Jacob said.
A full list of grant recipients can be found on the Perth Region NRM website. Volunteer groups interested in applying for the next round of grants can find more information about the SALP program at www.perthregionnrm.com.
For more information about SALP go to http://www.perthregionnrm.com/pr-nrm-programs/salp/funding.aspx
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