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post May 15 2009, 03:01 PM
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Environment Minister Donna Faragher joined high school students at Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre, Perth, in planting seedlings as part of a new volunteer conservation program in Western Australia’s parks and reserves. Marking the end of Australian Volunteer Week, the Minister was participating in the launch of the Rio Tinto Earth Assist program which gives students opportunities to take part in environmental projects. Mrs Faragher said that under the program, volunteer projects would be arranged by Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) and the Department of Environment and Conservation in partnership with Rio Tinto. “The conservation experience will provide an immediate sense of ownership and pride in local parks by school students and will also establish a legacy for the future through connection with the land and nature,” she said. “The Western Australian Government is committed to supporting long-term, sustainable environmental programs through the development of community service and capacity building. “This project is a perfect example of this commitment in action and the importance of community involvement in making these actions work.” Funded for five years through a $2.5million commitment by Rio Tinto, the program’s conservation activities have commenced in the Perth metropolitan area and a pilot program will begin in the Pilbara during Term Three.
“The program is expected to create many benefits including long-term, sustainable conservation opportunities, improved amenity in parks, more active lifestyles, and improved understanding and protection of WA natural heritage,” the Minister said. "It will give students a unique opportunity to learn about the WA environment, get their hands dirty and make a real difference to their community by partnering schools with priority environmental activities. “By working together across Government and industry and with the help of volunteers, we can make a really positive difference to our environment.”

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post Mar 31 2018, 10:49 AM
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the link to volunteer to assist with the Clarks Christmas Kids efforts returns an error. You may want to fix that
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