SITA funding helps fire station garden grow
SITA Australia has continued its long association with Menai Wildflower Group by awarding the group a $3,000 grant to help maintain the gardens at Illawong Rural Fire Brigade Station.
Provided through the SITA Community Grants Program, the funding will partly cover the cost of installing a special propagation bed for seed and plant raising at the Fire Station and provide better access to the garden’s planted mounds.
Menai Wildflower Group President Jason Cockayne said the grant from SITA will allow the group to involve the local community in raising tubestock and plant cuttings to help beautify the fire station grounds.
“The SITA community grant will enable us to strengthen our involvement with the community and raise awareness of the benefits of being involved in a healthy, outdoor social activity, regardless of age and level of fitness.”
“We’re very grateful for SITA’s support. In addition to the community grants funding, volunteers from Menai Wildflower Group currently have use of the facilities at SITA's Native Seedling Nursery at Lucas Heights Resource Recovery Park to distribute plants to schools and other community groups and propagate plants for our own use,” said Mr Cockayne.
The Lucas Heights Native Seedling Nursery was originally established to produce native plants for the rehabilitation of the New Illawarra Road landfill and is fully equipped with a glass house that has heated propagation beds plus an igloo and shade house with automated watering systems.
Kim Ross, Operations Manager at SITA’s Lucas Heights Resource Recovery Park, said the company was proud to support Menai Wildflower Group through the SITA Community Grants Program.
“Through the SITA Community Grant Program we want to build long-standing partnerships with the groups we support and be able to assist in their ongoing development.”
“SITA awarded our first round of grants to organisations like Menai Wildflower Group that have an ongoing positive impact on the sustainability of their local communities,” said Mr Ross.
SITA launched the first national community grant program for the waste and resource recovery industry in Australia in October 2013.
In the inaugural round of the program, more than $96,000 in community grant funding was distributed to 21 community groups across Australia.