Community support needed to save Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre


WA Gould League president Kevin Kenneally pictured at Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre in 2012. Picture: Marcus Whisson d385619
WA Gould League president Kevin Kenneally pictured at Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre in 2012. Picture: Marcus Whisson d385619

COMMUNITY support is needed to save Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre.

The State Government announced $165,000 in funding would be cut from the Churchlands educational centre from next year, which runs as a partnership between the Education Department and WA Gould League.

The money is used to fund a teacher and an administration assistant position at the centre.

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League president Kevin Kenneally said it was circulating a petition to reinstate funding and aims to submit it to parliament before the end of June.

“After nearly 80 years of government support for the WA Gould League, through funding from Department of Education, and 34 years of teaching at the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre, we are at a loss to understand why the government would cut our funding of $165,000 when Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the environment have never been more central to children’s and the wider communities future,” he said.

“We are a not-for-profit organisation managed by dedicated volunteers who devote their time to inspiring young people to appreciate and value the environment.”

Opposition education spokeswoman Donna Faragher will present the petition to the Legislative Council on behalf of the organisation.

“For more than 30 years, the wildlife centre has supported thousands of school students and their teachers to learn more about their environment, sustainability, Aboriginal culture and history and it should be supported,” she said.

Education Minister Sue Ellery previously said the State Government had to review all programs because of the budget situation, with funds “stretched to the limit”.

“The WA Gould League has been advised that the contract will be extended for another year, and the Department will assist them in finding alternative sources of sponsorship,” she said.

A copy of the petition is available at www.wagouldleague.com.au.

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