More volunteer community groups will now be able to help care for and complete projects in our local parks and open spaces with $183,989 in grants awarded.
Minister for City Services Chris Steel said the grants had been awarded to community groups to support their work in caring for their local areas.
“Volunteers play a major role in caring for our urban parks and reserves in the ACT. The Adopt-a-Park program is designed to encourage greater community participation through grants to help people care for open spaces in their neighbourhoods,” Minister Steel said.
32 projects are funded through the Adopt-a-Park program including training and capacity building for our volunteers to on ground planting projects.
“We’ve been impressed with the range of projects that have been put forward by the community to improve local parks and reserves and the Government has been able to fund 32 of these projects across Canberra.”
With co-contributions from the successful applicants factored in, the program will generate a $390,572 investment in community stewardship of public green space by the Canberra community.
The program aims to support existing groups and encourage new ones to form. Before the Adopt-a-Park program was announced there were 35 active groups registered with the Urban Parks and Places volunteer program, providing over 2,000 hours of volunteer work over the last 5 months alone.
“We’re pleased the program is supporting an increase in active groups to 46, encouraging volunteers to get involved,” Minister Steel said.
Groups looking to improve public spaces are supported by the ACT Government place coordinator.
Volunteering is a great way to support urban open spaces, but it is also a chance to get out and meet new people and foster a stronger sense of community in your local area. For many people, volunteering is an opportunity for social engagement with their neighbours while making a difference in their community.
For a full list of successful applicants please visit www.cityservices.act.gov.au