The Victorian Government has committed $500,000 in funding under the Local Park and Reserves Assets Grants program, to be used for improvement works in parks and reserves across the state.

Kaweka Park (Castlemaine), Barkers Creek Recreation Reserve and the Harcout Tennis Club are three of 40 recipients across the state that will benefit from the funding, with the money allocated to go towards removal of invasive weeds and fencing to protect native species.

Maree Edwards, the local member for Bendigo West, said the funding would greatly benefit the community.

“Parks and reserves are an invaluable resource, offering our local community economic, social, and health benefits.

“I congratulate all of the Committees involved for successfully obtaining these grants, and on behalf of the community I want to thank them for their hard work and dedication in managing these spaces.”

The improvement works will be managed by the relevant park and reserve land managers, who primarily volunteer the Committees of Management.

The Local Park and Reserves Assets Grants program is designed to enhance infrastructure and natural values of local parks and reserves, through works such as fencing, weeding, planting, construction of paths, bridges and stairs, installation of renewable energy systems, and habitat restoration.

The program is a $2 million, three-year program that is funded through the Municipal and Industry Landfill Levy, which is paid by landfill operators and users.

A further $3 million will deliver infrastructure upgrades and works in State and National Parks over three years.

Seventy-eight local park and reserve projects received almost $1.5 million in grants across the first two years of the program.

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP