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Community Environment Program funding boosts natural values at GASP

The Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP) is pleased to announce receipt of a federal Community Environment Program (CEP) grant to create a community-based rehabilitation and education group at The Grove.

GASP was invited by 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 site of real significance of its natural values. This venture recognises the importance of local knowledge, and locals’ contribution to and custodianship of the site.

“We are grateful to the Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, for his ongoing support of GASP” said GASP Chair, David Palmer, “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 GASP creative program.”

“Our reputation in Glenorchy and broader community is as an accessible, democratic space. This is critical for 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. This project is a significant element of that.”

“We’re excited to work directly with the Council’s Environment team. GASP and the Glenorchy 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,” said David Palmer.

Glenorchy City Council Mayor, Kristie Johnston, said access to nature is paramount to a thriving community and this grant provided a fantastic opportunity for the 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” Mayor Johnston 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 or joining the Friends of GASP Facebook group. More information about the program will be made on our website soon.

Andrew Wilkie, Federal Member for Clark, Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnson and GASP Chair David Palmer at the Grove Pavilion to announce the funding. (photo GASP)

Federal Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, GCC Manager, Environment Adam Muyt, Mayor Kristie Johnston, GASP Chair David Palmer, GCC Environmental Engagement Coordinator Carl Gallagher at the Grove. (photo GASP)

GCC Manager Environment Adam Muyt at the Grove Boardwalk with Mayor Kristie Johnston, Federal MP Andrew Wilkie and GASP Chair David Palmer. (photo GASP)

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