This National Tree Day (30 July), South East Water celebrates the protection of Ray Canobie Reserve and Henty Lilyponds in Pakenham, thanks to the revitalisation efforts of Western Port Catchment Landcare Network and several community partners.
Western Port Catchment Landcare Network was a successful recipient of a $9,985 grant through South East Water’s Community Grants program. The grant has helped the community group partner up with Cardinia Shire Council, Pakenham Secondary College and Cannibal Creek Landcare to transform the important urban green community space.
Students from nearby Pakenham Secondary College participated in the revegetation of the reserve located within school grounds. Students learned about the impact of weed species on the environment and planted indigenous trees to enhance the sustainability and biodiversity of the area including wetlands within the reserve.
“Thanks to South East Water and our collaborative community partners, Cardinia Shire, staff and students at Pakenham Secondary College and Cannibal Creek Landcare for your contributions to revitalise and protect this valued environmental and community space”.
Western Port Catchment Landcare Network Project Facilitator, Geoff Lockwood
South East Water General Manager Strategy and Stakeholder, Karen Lau said the organisation was proud to support the project through its annual Community Grants program.
“Congratulations to Western Port Catchment Landcare Network and partners on their hands-on efforts in helping transform the reserve into a more thriving and liveable community space.
“At South East Water, we’re passionate about supporting amazing work like this that will go a long way in protecting and enhancing the health and biodiversity of our natural environment.”
South East Water General Manager Strategy and Stakeholder, Karen Lau
Now in its fourth year, South East Water’s Community Grants program has provided over $320,000 to 66 community groups across Melbourne’s south-east, helping make communities better places to live.
For more community grants success stories visit: www.southeastwater.com.au/communitygrants
Teachers from Pakenham Secondary College join representatives from Cardinia Shire, South East Water and Western Port Catchment Landcare Network.
Far left: Rob Jones, Natural Resource Planner, Cardinia Shire Council
Centre: Ben Addison – EMS & Climate Change Specialist, South East Water
Far right: Geoff Lockwood – Landcare Projects Facilitator, Western Port Catchment Landcare Network
+ Teachers from Pakenham Secondary College
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