Decision to cut funding for Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre outrageous

Greens Member for North Metropolitan Region Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Minister for Education to reverse her decision to cut funding to the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre, calling it “outrageous.”

“This is the latest appalling attack on the education of WA children – and its announcement during the December break was heartless,” Ms Xamon said.

“The Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre is a vital resource for teaching children living in the metropolitan area about biodiversity and the wonders of the State’s unique environment.

“It provides an excellent out-of-classroom experience for thousands of children every year.

“Its program of activities including bird walks and wildlife excursions give children the opportunity to interact directly with nature.

“It offers an important opportunity for school-aged children to learn about environmental sustainability, and Aboriginal history and culture.”

Ms Xamon said the centre had run on a shoe-string budget for 34 years, the result of the hard work of a team of amazing volunteers.

She said current funding levels were just $165,000 out of the Education Department budget.

“It has been reported that the Department of Education has also cut funding to the City of Canning for the Eco Education Centre, which offers environmental education to children south of the river,” MS Xamon said.

“There is a recognised need for these services – environmental education is vital for WA’s future sustainability.”