SOUTHERN Grampians Shire Council has awarded four grants totalling more than $5000 for local environment projects.
Councillor Katrina Rainsford said the projects would be funded through the council’s Community Sustainability Grants program.
“The Greater Hamilton region has a rich natural beauty,” Cr Rainsford said.
“These grants will help community groups deliver projects that make their towns and communities better places to live and ensure we retain that natural beauty.
“This is one way council is helping to make the Greater Hamilton region more liveable.”
Dunkeld Consolidated School will use its grant of $872 to install drip irrigation at the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden.
The school’s Lisa McIntyre said the grant would be put to good use.
“We received funding from the Hamilton North Rotary Club about two years ago to set the garden up and now with the council grant we can continue to grow this great community asset,” Ms McIntyre said.
The drip irrigation will be used during school holidays when students, teachers and volunteers are not always available to water the plants.
“This will make everyone’s lives so much simpler,” Ms McIntyre said.
“During the school terms I let the kid’s water because they need to know how to use water and how water is used by the plants.”
Ms McIntyre said having the garden was fantastic and it kept on expanding, but she said they would not be able to maintain it without the help of volunteers.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, March 1, 2014