Caring for bushland is now easier for Friends of Mt Worth State Park 

Caring for bushland is now easier for Friends of Mt Worth State Park 

Applications for the next round of Fonterra Grass Root funding close on Friday 15 December 2017 and Fonterra is encouraging community organisations to get their submissions completed in time for the deadline, so they don’t miss out.

The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund gives a helping hand to a wide range of community initiatives, providing grants between $500 and $5000 to groups operating near any of its seven manufacturing and milk collection sites in Victoria and Tasmania.

Fonterra’s Darnum site manager Andrew Nooy says that the dairy industry is built from the grass roots up and the Fund is one way to say thank you to those groups who give their time and energy to support their communities.

“We believe in giving back by helping sustain healthy, vibrant communities around our sites, and our Grass Roots Fund supports initiatives that make a real impact.

“The Friends of Mt Worth State Park are a great example - a local group of volunteers formed when the park was created almost forty years ago. They organise working bees to maintain the tracks and paths through the beautiful preserved bushland, making sure it’s accessible to nature lovers of all ages,” says Andrew.

Paul Strickland, who volunteers with the Friends, says the group received a grant from Fonterra which helped them purchase bush clearing equipment.  

“The support from Fonterra was excellent for us and helps us keep doing what we do – giving people the opportunity to experience the bush, to love it, and be keen to protect it. It was definitely worth applying for the grant and I’d encourage other groups to apply,” says Paul.

A recent working bee organised by The Friends of Mt Worth was captured on film to show how the group is making a difference in this Gippsland wilderness – which also happens to be home to the rare Giant Gippsland Earthworm, which also featured in a David Attenborough documentary.  Watch the video here.

Since 2011, Fonterra has supported over 340 initiatives across Victoria and Tasmania that focus on bringing communities together, caring for the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles and dairy nutrition.

Visit www.fonterra.com.au for information about applying to the Grass Roots Fund for a grant.