A COMMUNITY-BASED rehabilitation and education group dedicated to caring for The Grove is now within sight thanks to a successful federal grant awarded through the Community Environment Program (CEP).
The Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP) was invited by Federal Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie to apply for the grant of $5000 to work in partnership with the local community and Glenorchy City Council.
The CEP grant program is an initiative of the Federal Government, managed by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
GASP will use the funds to build a community group to care for The Grove as a sight of real significance of its natural values.
This venture recognises the importance of local knowledge and locals’ contribution and custodianship of the site.
“We are grateful to Mr Wilkie for his ongoing support of GASP,” GASP chair David Palmer said.
“The Grove is a significant community asset which contains important natural and cultural values and is well loved by the people of Glenorchy.
“Since 2008, GASP management of the site – which includes the Montrose and Elwick Bay Foreshore, the Grove and the Wilkinson’s Point foreshore – has improved access for the community, increased safety through lighting and boardwalk construction and increased amenity with the two pavilions.
“This is, of course, in addition to the GASP creative program.”
Mr Palmer said GASP’s reputation in Glenorchy and the broader community was as an accessible, democratic space.
“This is critical for our health and wellbeing via recreation and creative activities, engagement with nature and the elements, and as a safe space for difference, supporting and promoting the essence of our diverse community,” he said.
“This project is a significant element of that.
“We are excited to be working with Council’s environment team.
“GASP and the Glenorchy City Council have worked together constructively over many years to increase community access and amenity on the site and this is a great opportunity to strengthen the relationship.”
Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said access to nature was paramount to a thriving community.
She said this grant provided a fantastic opportunity for Council and GASP to collaborate for the benefit of the local community.
“The environment underpins our way of life in Glenorchy and Council takes great pride and responsibility in managing our environment to ensure sustainability for our generations to come,” she said.
“GASP’s community-based initiative for The Grove, along with this grant, goes a long way in helping us achieve this together.”
GASP will also collaborate with Landcare Tasmania and the Derwent Estuary Program to develop and deliver the program.
People interested in joining up can register by emailing email@example.com or via the Friends of GASP Facebook group.
More information about the program will be made available at www.gasp.org.au.
Caption: From left, Federal Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie, Glenorchy City Council manager environment Adam Muyt, Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston, GASP chair David Palmer and Glenorchy City Council engagement officer Carl Gallagher at the Grove Pavilion. Image courtesy of GASP.