A $50,000 children’s discovery garden will be established at Yarragon Primary School.
The school garden is one of two projects to share in almost $100,000 of state government funding through the local landscape enhancement grants.
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood announced last week that the school would receive $50,000 while the Friends of Mt Worth State Park in Allambee will receive $42,822 to improve walking tracks for people with limited mobility.
Yarragon Primary School principal Keith Lewry said they were still developing the new school site and decided to apply for a grant that would further enhance the school environment. He said the money would be used to create a passive play area including paths, a small play area, tables and plants that students could touch and smell.
“We put in an application with high hopes. When we came here there was not a blade of grass on the property.
“This is another link in the chain. It will be a great benefit to our school and makes our playground absolutely super,” he said.
Mr Lewry said he hoped works would begin in the next few weeks and possibly completed before the summer break.
Mr Blackwood said the grants would improve sites and assets that will increase the community’s enjoyment and awareness of their local environment. “
More than $92,000 from the Napthine Government’s Local Landscape Enhancement grants program will enable our local community groups to further protect and support our environment.
“These local projects deliver on-ground measures that will support our local community. “I look forward to seeing these projects deliver longterm benefits for our community,” Mr Blackwood said.
The local landscape enhancement program is a $1.5 million program. Mr Blackwood said it was an example of partnerships between government, community and environmental groups to deliver the best local environmental outcomes.
Published in the Warragul & Drouin Gazette, October 21