Mount Evelyn environmental group celebrates 10 years of Melbourne Water grants

​The Mount Evelyn Environmental Protection and Progress Association (MEEPPA) is celebrating 10 years as a recipient of Melbourne Water’s Community Grants program.

 
Melbourne Water has provided MEEPPA with grants to assist with planting nearly 7,000 native plants over 10 years as well as weed control along Olinda Creek. The group’s efforts have also reduced weed cover and increased indigenous vegetation within Mt Evelyn Recreation reserve. 
 
Melbourne Water Program Leader Andrew Downing said MEEPPA has made a valuable contribution to the health of Olinda Creek throughout the 10 year partnership.
 
“Through Melbourne Water’s grants program MEEPPA have dedicated hundreds of hours to weeding and replanting along Olinda Creek,” he said.
 
“It’s fantastic to see the positive impact this hard work has had on the health and amenity of their local waterway, and we are very grateful for their efforts.
 
“We love working with enthusiastic and long standing groups such as MEEPPA. Their hard work and passion for the environment is a great example of what can be achieved when the local community comes together to help out the environment.
 
“It’s also great to see the way that MEEPPA engages with the community, including local school students, and encourages them to get involved with improvement works along Olinda Creek.
 
“This is really important in helping students understand the positive impact they can have on their local environment. It’s wonderful to see them caring for their surroundings and taking pride in the environmental assets their local area has to offer.”
 
Through its Community Grants program Melbourne Water supports local and community groups to improve the health of waterways.
 
Grants fund a range of activities on public land along waterways, including weed control and revegetation, and also assist groups with the costs of running and organising volunteer groups.
 
“With over 8,400 kilometres of waterways to maintain, we’re continually working across greater Melbourne to protect and improve our local rivers and creeks. Volunteer community groups play a vital role in helping us carry out these important works and we rely on dedicated groups like MEEPPA to help us look after the environment,” said Mr Downing.
 
Applications for the 2017/18 Melbourne Water Community Grants open in September. For more information please contact Melbourne Water on 131 722 or head to https://www.melbournewater.com.au/getinvolved/applyforfunding/Pages/Community-grants-program.aspx
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