GREENER VISION: Lockyer Valley Landcare President Greg Grimes at the Merryfields Environmental Park in Withcott.  Photo Amy Lyne / Gatton Star
GREENER VISION: Lockyer Valley Landcare President Greg Grimes at the Merryfields Environmental Park in Withcott. Photo Amy Lyne / Gatton Star Amy Lyne

Lockyer Valley Landcare hopes for funding

LOCKYER Valley Landcare's vision of opening its Merryfields Environmental Education Centre is now in sight with extra funding on the horizon.

With a recent Federal Government agreement, Landcare will be given an additional $100 million over four years.

Lockyer Valley Landcare president Greg Grimes said the announcement meant the groups newest project may open a little sooner.

"We are hopeful for funding because we really do need some help to finish our education centre in Withcott,” Mr Grimes said.

"Once finished, students can come from schools around the region to attend classes and learn about protecting the environment and about propagation.

"And teachers can conduct their own regular classes in an environmental setting.”

The non-for profit organisation had support from council and State Government to establish a plant nursery and storage building at the centre, but according to Mr Grimes there was a still a bit of work to be done before it was complete.

"We have fitted the classroom out but we need an air-conditioning unit, the toilets are to be done and painting is to be finished,” he said. "We also need fencing, the ceilings lined and more trees and paths.

"The funding will be put to good use, it will be a great day when it is all finished.”

Mr Grimes said the group's main aim was to teach children about the environment in a hands-on way.

The Landcare movement began as a national initiative in 1989 and there are more than 5,400 groups undertaking projects across Australia.


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