Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the grant to volunteer group 'Friends of Kings Park' was the sixth year in a row that Lotterywest had supported the important community event.
"People from all walks of life will have the chance to enjoy a great program of free activities and exhibitions throughout September, while gaining an appreciation for Western Australian plants and our spectacular wildflowers in particular," Mr Jacob said.
"The grant will enable Friends of Kings Park to help the community learn how precious our natural environment is, and the role we can all play in its conservation.
"I take this opportunity to commend Friends on the fantastic job they do on behalf of the community. For more than 20 years, they have supported Kings Park and the Western Australian Botanic Garden through volunteering, advocacy, fundraising and obtaining valuable grant funding such as this."
Friends of Kings Park volunteers are involved in many activities in the park, including bushland and garden care, education, growing and selling native plants, and assisting with research.
The theme of this year's Kings Park Festival is 'Floral Fantasy'. About 30,000 new plants are being planted now to add extra wildflower colour for spring.
The Western Australian Botanic Garden differs markedly from other botanic gardens as it focuses almost entirely on WA's native flora. Its cultural and scientific work celebrates the unique and abundant biodiversity of this State.