The Friends of Hollis Park have reported completion of revegetation works made possible through a federal Communities Environment Program grant, sponsored by Perth NRM.
In March 2019, the Australian Government announced that each electorate throughout the country would have $150,000 made available for the Communities Environment Program (CEP), offering individual grants of up to $20,000 to community-led projects.
As is often the case, elgibility for these grants required the community group to be incorporated, or sponsored by a Regional Land Partnerships service provider such as Perth NRM.
“We were happy to sponsor the Friends of Hollis Park to ensure this project could take place,” said Dr. Ingrid Sieler, Manager – Community Engagament, Perth NRM.
“With so many of our urban natural areas dependent on volunteers working alongside land managers, it is essential that these groups are given every opportunity to access funds so important on-ground activities like the Hollis Park revegetation project can take place.”
Mr Josh Wilson MP, Member for Fremantle, endorsed the Communities Environment Program grant, making it possible for the Friends of Hollis Park to host two events, promoting the site to its community and planting approximately 3800 native seedlings over 1.21 hectares.
The project increased biodiversity in the area by reintroducing endemic species to the revegetation sequence and increasing the density of the vegetation cover overall.
Hollis Park is in a series of fragmented and elongated parks and reserves that protect highly valued habitats and remnant vegetation including Tuart woodlands and wetlands, extending from Bibra Lake through to South Beach in South Fremantle.