A STATE Government grant towards the rehabilitation of the upper Lesmurdie Falls area was gratefully received on Monday.
The Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls president Mike Robinson gathered at the site with group members, Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes to accept the $55,000 grant.
The group has been busy since its establishment in 2012 rehabilitating the area above the falls from weed infestation as well as building walk trails, bridges and seating to improve the space for the community.
Mr Robinson said the response from Government and the local community had been integral to the project.
“The recognition from various contributors has been really gratifying,” he said.
“People stop you all the time, it’s all the really heartwarming feedback that keeps you going.”
27 other schools, not-for-profits, local government and environmental conservation groups in the Perth area received a share of $881,000 in the 2017/18 Community Action Grants round towards local protection and improvement of natural assets across Perth.
The Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls has received about $250,000 in total from State and local natural resource management programs, the Lesmurdie and Districts Community Association, Lotterywest, the Kalamunda Rotaract Club and the City of Kalamunda.
Mr Robinson said the group had saved double the amount they received in funding on labor costs and machinery hire.
“We were fortunate in the composition of the group, we have people with the right skill set and equipment… together with the good will of the community it has helped a lot.”
Ms MacTiernan said the group had a positive track record of delivering effective results with previous funding.
“It’s incredible to see (the Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls) have stood the distance over the years,” she said.
“The grant will be put to good use towards professional help and facilitate community engagement producing a stronger result for the project.”
By Claire Ottaviano