Education Centre to be built at Arid Recovery

Admin Aridrecovery - Friday, March 24, 2017

We’re delighted to announce that this year we’ll be building an Education Centre at the Reserve.

In January we applied through Fund My Idea and got busy on social media to encourage the community to vote for our project. We were overwhelmed by the support and this Tuesday had word that we were one of the 2 top-voted projects. Arid Recovery will receive $15,000 from the State Government and a further contribution from BHP Billiton to make the Education Centre a reality. Congratulations also to Whyalla RSPCA for their successful project to upgrade emergency pet boarding facilities.

Buildings donated by Roxby Downs Caravan Park are moved into place, ready to be retrofitted into the Education Centre

The building will have a ‘Field Classroom’ for wildlife education activities indoors, between nature walks and spotlighting for native animals. There will also be a bunkroom for overnight camps, boosting the accommodation at the Reserve to 18 beds.

With the new Centre we will be able to host more and larger school groups, community groups and visitors. It will enable more people to get out to the reserve and have an encounter with animals they’re unlikely to see anywhere else.

The Centre will be built by retrofitting portable buildings donated by the Roxby Downs Caravan Park and moved into place by Toll. We’re ready to source materials from local businesses and the Rotary Clubs of Roxby Downs and Frankston (VIC) are enthusiastic to support the build with their team of tradies.

Thanks to everyone who voted and supported this project. We look forward to opening the new Education Centre by the end of the year.

The Education Centre will be a base for more students and visitors to have close encounters with desert wildlife that will make a lasting impression.

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