South West heritage societies, youth-camping groups and volunteer bushfire brigades are among this year’s recipients of the Forest Products Commission grants.
On Monday Forestry Minister Dave Kelly awarded more than $19,000 in grant funding to community projects throughout the region as part of the 2022 Forest Products Commission’s Community Support Program — supporting several Warren-Blackwood projects in areas like Walpole, Nannup, Northcliffe and Pemberton.
The Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation will use the grant to purchase planting equipment and PPE to help with their revegetation program within the Gnowangerup Noongar Centre precinct.
The Donnybrook Scout Group will use their grant to purchase camping equipment, and FAWNA Inc, will use the grant to purchase and install a water tank for maintaining animal health and welfare, plus to help with watering local plant species without having to rely on bore water.
Other grants will be used to support a range of community-based projects including tourism, education, recreation and fire management.
Forestry Minister Dave Kelly said the commission had awarded more than $140,000 in grants to 82 regional WA community groups since the program began in 2018.
“The FPC’s Community Support Program provides opportunities for community groups to give back to their community in a way that encourages people to get in touch with nature, learn more about local history or find out about sustainable environmental management,” he said.
Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie said she looked forward to seeing the improvements this funding would deliver.
“It’s fantastic to see more investment in our local community,” she said.
“It’s great to see hard working community groups and organisations getting funding to support their activities.”