Resource management

South Coast Natural Resource Management launches South Coast Enviro-Experiences program

South Coast Natural Resource Management has launched a new program to encourage environmental volunteerism while providing people with hands-on conservation and cultural experiences.

Environment Minister Reece Whitby visited Lake Seppings on Wednesday last week to present the South Coast NRM with a Lotterywest grant of $505,129.

The grant will help the Albany-based organization employ coordinators in Albany and Esperance for its new South Coast Enviro-Experiences program.

Delivered with the support of Volunteering WA, the program is designed to provide people with engaging experiences such as hands-on citizen science and Noongar Family Field Days.

But its overarching goal is to build the grassroots and governance capacities of voluntary environmental organizations.

The program will pilot an end-to-end volunteer management system to make it easier for grassroots groups to advertise their events and connect with volunteers.

“The South Coast region has a long history of volunteering for the environment, but the numbers are down and fewer people are making repeat efforts,” said South Coast NRM chief executive Justin Bellanger.

“South Coast Enviro-Experiences will encourage volunteerism across the South Coast and increase the capacity of environmental groups to develop and manage their volunteers.

“In turn, this will help the community care for our natural heritage.”

Other experiences on offer will include monitoring endangered animal species, base restoration and cleanup sessions, “salty summers” beach activities during summer school vacations, and bi-monthly community events to foster “the next generation.” guardians of the environment”.

Noongar Family Field Days would be co-designed with Noongar elders to share traditional ecological knowledge and practices.

“Volunteering is a key part of conserving native plants, animals and landscapes for our current and future generations,” said Mr Whitby.

“The intersection between volunteerism and the environment is essential. When you support volunteering, the return you get for the community and our environment is enormous.

South Coast NRM has received over $3.5 million in grants from Lotterywest since 2009.