Mt Burr Swamp update – our fundraising tally has doubled in the last week!
In some great news – thanks to everyone who has donated to the campaign over the past week – we’ve now reached almost $45,000!
and the live tally is…
We are especially grateful to a major private donor who last Friday contributed the incredibly generous amount of $20,000. Aren’t there some absolutely wonderful people out there?
If you’d like to hear from another of our major private supporters, James Darling from Duck Island (near Gum Lagoon) in the Upper South East, then tune in to ABC South East on Wednesday morning (21st September) at 9:15 am – as James will be joining myself and host Selina Green for a discussion about why he is backing the project. James is a respected land manager (combining agricultural production with environmental management) and internationally recognised artist (for his famous mallee root installations) – and was one of the first people to back the Mt Burr Swamp campaign, with a major commitment of $10,000.
After speaking with James, I will be back with Selina after the news at 9:30 am to chat to David Baker-Gabb, an authority on native birds, to talk about the woodland and wetland birds that will benefit from the restoration of Mt Burr Swamp. David was the chair of the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Recovery Team for many years and will talk about this species, among others… so tune in!
Finally, our back up plan for bridging finance to ensure we can go ahead with settlement on the 30th of September is falling into place, but we still really need your support. You see, every dollar donated before settlement will be a dollar we don’t have to borrow, pay interest on and pay back to the bank. While some restoration works will begin immediately, others won’t be able to commence until any debt we’re carrying after settlement from the land purchase is paid off.
If you haven’t already done so, please consider chipping in today!