The Age of Fishes Museum in Canowindra has received a $2,899 grant under the Australian Government’s Communities Environment Program to put towards the purchase of a woodchipper for grounds maintenance.
Use of the woodchipper will also extend to grounds maintenance for the nearby railway precinct and Canowindra Historical Museum.
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee visited the Age of Fishes Museum last Thursday the day the brand new woodchipper arrived.
“The Age of Fishes Museum is an iconic tourist attraction bringing travellers from all over the globe,” said Mr Gee.
“It’s an amazing place with some of the fossils being over 360 million years old. This grant will assist with reducing waste and water consumption, while increasing the recycling capability of the museum,” said Mr Gee.
Manager of the Age of Fishes Museum, Mrs Anne Clark was very excited with the arrival of the woodchipper on Thursday.
“When we first arrived at the museum there was a lot of waste. So, we thought that if we had a woodchipper, we could convert the garden waste to mulch, which would make waste management more efficient for the whole area,” said Mrs Clark.
The Communities Environment Program grant follows on from the success the Age of Fishes Museum has had in receiving additional funding support from the Australian Government, including:
A $1,800 Australian Government Volunteer Grant in 2018, a $21,788 Australian Government Building Better Regions Fund grant in Round 3 and a $4,000 Tackling Tough Times Together grant in 2019 and another grant of $7,217 in 2020.