Green groups tighten belt after funding cuts

Environment House co-ordinator Rochelle Petrovic (right) with her children Emma (10) and Abbey (12) and |bookkeeper Sarah Harris.
Environment House co-ordinator Rochelle Petrovic (right) with her children Emma (10) and Abbey (12) and |bookkeeper Sarah Harris.

Environment House in Bayswater won’t receive a $3000 grant to help with insurance and administration expenses.

Volunteer and saving water, waste and power co-ordinator Brenda Conochie said volunteers were determined it wouldn’t affect the organisation’s work.

Ms Conochie said without the grants, some organisations would do it tougher.

‘Some will fold and others will try to hang on in the hope that future governments will reinstate these grants, which have been going since the mid-1970s,’ she said.

‘Three thousand dollars might not sound like much, but with our average profit margin of only about 25 per cent, we have to sell $12,000 worth of goods, which is a couple of months sales for us.

‘The small profit from our sales was all earmarked for admin expenses already, so it’s a big impact.’

With a lack of funding, the volunteer-based organisation needed donations to continue its work, and Perth MLA Alannah MacTiernan and Maylands MLA Lisa Baker answered the call.

Ms MacTiernan said Environment House had been running for about 14 years, providing locals with advice on saving energy and reducing power bills, a shopfront with energy-saving devices and a community garden to teach children how to grow their own food.