SITA grant funding helps local school kids rejuvenate Serpentine Jarrahdale bushland
Serpentine Primary School students and Landcare SJ volunteers planted native seedlings and carried out weed control at Paul Robinson Reserve this week as part of a local bush rejuvenation project made possible by the SITA Community Grants Program.
Established to support groups that encourage community involvement and improve the quality of the local environment, the SITA Community Grants Program has seen the leading recycling company award Landcare SJ $5,000 in grant funding to support bush rejuvenation activities throughout Serpentine Jarrahdale.
Landcare SJ Executive Officer Francis Smit said the grant funding has enabled the organisation to involve Serpentine Primary School students, Manjedal Scout Group and four volunteer groups in planting days throughout the area.
“In addition to giving the Serpentine Primary School students and volunteers the opportunity to restore the bushland at Paul Robinson Reserve, the SITA grant funding has allowed Landcare SJ to hold planting days at Beenyup Brook Reserve, Coffey Road Reserve and Percy's Place; and Manjedal Scout Centre bushland in September,” said Mr Smit.
“With SITA’s support, this project has brought the Serpentine Jarrahdale community together to restore the habitat for native flora and fauna in our local reserves. The school children and Landcare volunteers have gained hands-on experience in bush rejuvenation, as well as an appreciation for the local environment and the importance of maintaining and protecting the local reserves,” he said.
SITA WA State Commercial Manager Anne McMillan said the company was honoured to support the project.
“Through the SITA Community Grants program, we were looking to support community groups that make real, positive change in their local communities,” said Mrs McMillan.
“SITA is always keen to encourage projects that are aimed at protecting and enhancing the natural environment and we’re delighted our support has enabled local primary school students and Scouts to take part in these important activities,” said Mrs McMillan.
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.