Q. how will i know who has donated for my child?
A. You will receive an email at the end of the campaign with the list of people who have donated in the name of your child and the amounts they have given. This information is provided by GiveNow and is dependant on each donator indicating the name of the child and the contact details of one of the parents. It's possible that your partner may receive some of the notifications if both of your email addresses have been provided.
Q. how did the site come to be chosen?
A. The site was selected by Connecting Country in association with the Harcourt Valley Landcare Group. As the site was recently cleared of pine wildings it is in need of revegetation to ensure that indigenous species populate the site in the future. It has the potential to support a mix of trees that used to be endemic to the area, but which are now rare (such as banksia trees). In turn this habitat will support a range of wildlife such as wombats, koalas and woodland birds.
Q. Will the heritage features of the site be affected?
A. Connecting Country is working with Parks Victoria to ensure that the heritage aspects of the site (e.g. the remains of the stone buildings created for Former Silk Worm Farm) are not negatively impacted by the planting. These heritage features contribute to making the site an enjoyable and interesting place to visit. We expect that the creation of new native habitat will only enhance the amenity of the site.
Q. how will the plants be maintained?
A. Harcourt Valley Landcare Group, Parks Victoria and the families behind Little Habitat Heroes (the founding members and any other new families wishing to participate) will work together to ensure the ongoing viability of the plantings. In particular, a conservation agreement will be entered into with Parks Victoria.
Q. can anyone be a little habitat hero?
A. Yes, any child can be a little habitat hero. Efforts will be made to ensure that the children participating will be acknowledged for their contribution to the campaign and that their ongoing participation in the site's stewardship will be fostered. Working with local artists, Ann Ferguson and Trace Balla, both of whom have extensive experience running art and literature workshops with children around the subject of ecology, is a key part of the project plan.