Park volunteers given financial boost

March 6, 2014 by  

The group of volunteers who look after Braeside Park have been given a grant worth thousands of dollars to help with their work.

The Friends of Braeside Park have been awarded a $9,000 grant from Landcare to continue maintaining and improving the park. Landcare is a network of community groups and organisations that work to care for the environment, and the grant was made through the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority

The Braeside Park network was one of the first Friends of Parks groups to be set up and began in 1989, shortly after the park opened. Members have helped transform the park into a popular recreation area that boasts native flora and fauna, and also volunteer while the park is open as guides.

The park covers nearly 300 hectares and includes wetlands, heathland and woodland. Visitors can walk or cycle the tracks, use the bird hides or enjoy the sculptures.

The group’s treasurer, Bev Bancroft, said they were pleased with the award. She said it was:

“Great to get some acknowledgment of this little gem of an area we have in the park.”

The organisation is currently looking for more volunteers, and could try poster printing as a good low-cost way of publicising its work in the area. Anyone interested in joining the group can find contact details on its website.