THE Baldivis Children’s Forest will receive $200,000 if the Labor Government wins the State Election, Mark McGowan announced last week.
The centre is the only UN award-winning environmental organisation in WA and is visited by thousands of school children and families each year
The funding will go towards the construction of a classroom and administration area which, until recently, has been operating from a shipping container.
The new education centre will be used for environmental conferences and to educate thousands of school children and families.
“This project is terrific because kids these days are so disconnected from the natural environment,” Mr McGowan said.
“Too much of the world has been destroyed and the more we can preserve our natural environment, the better the long-term future of the world is.
“Community groups who are doing it at the local level deserve support.”
Baldivis Labor candidate Reece Whitby said the forest was helping to educate students about why it was important to care for the natural environment and protect it as much as possible.
“This organisation has done great work for many years but for a long time they were forced to run their office from a steel shipping container and there is only basic shelter for the children who come here to learn,” Mr Whitby said.
“This grant will make a huge difference and will help even more kids come to the forest and learn about nature.”
Baldivis Children’s Forest chairman Tim Hill said there had been a huge demand from schools and community groups to access the centre.
He said the commitment would help them meet the demand and go further.