Wildife centre seeking Stirling support to stay open

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

A ONE-OFF donation is keeping Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre alive for another year.

The State Government pulled its $165,000 funding for centre operator WA Gould League this year, which enabled it to employ two staff to run educational programs.

A one-off $40,000 donation from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and $125,000 from the league’s residual funds will maintain the centre for 2019.

The league has sought City of Stirling funding to keep it running beyond 2020, which it said would be a temporary measure until it obtained corporate support.

But a City report presented at the March 26 meeting said it was important for the State Government to fund the Wembley centre because it was one of just a few State-owned environmental centres “uniquely located in a regional wetland State reservation on the Swan Coastal Plain.”

Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre provides educational programs for children and school students.

The report said the City would be better served funding a permanent staff member for the Henderson Environment Centre, which it runs it North Beach.

Council disagreed and instead voted to consider $80,400 in the 2019-20 budget for a fulltime environmental educational officer to support both centres.

It will also look at allocating $10,000 for minor works at the North Beach centre and urge the government to restore its funding to Herdsman.