Project summaries - 2010 Environmental Education - state and local government grants
|2010 Environmental Education - state and local government grants|
|Organisation||Project title||Amount $|
|Australian Museum||Museum 2 You - M2U|
|Coffs Harbour City Council||Orara River rehabilitation project landholder booklet|
|Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences||Powerhouse Museum EcoLogic website|
|Orana Regional Organisation of Councils (OROC)||Environment on the agenda - an integrated training approach|
|Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority||Environmental education strategy for coastal boaters and fishers|
|TAFE NSW North Coast Institute||Living Smart: Creating sustainable communities in the Macleay Valley|
|TAFE NSW Riverina Institute||Turn your place green|
|University of Wollongong||Mobile marine touch pond - marine conservation for primary schools|
|Wagga Wagga City Council||Wagga Wagga community sustainability challenge|
'Museum 2 You (M2U)' is a resource rich, science-based education program that provides display material to enable mini exhibition to be delivered in community organisations across NSW. These six portable hands-on displays modules include practical learning resources and Australian Museum collections to highlight issues surrounding sustainability, climate change and biodiversity. Groups using the program will have access to video conferencing link-ups with the Australian Museum that bring communities and 'experts' together to participate in discussions, practical workshops and for professional development. The Australian Museum website and other social media tools are used as a platform for online discussions.
The Orara River Rehabilitation Project has been running since 1996 to address the impacts of gravel extraction, clearing, grazing and weed invasion upon the Orara River and the Endangered Ecological Community of Lowland Subtropical Rainforest in the riparian zone. The project implements on-ground structural erosion control works; fencing and the installation of water troughs to exclude stock from the riparian zone; weed control; and planting where required to supplement natural bush regeneration processes. The landholder booklet is being compiled to draw together local knowledge held by Orara River landholders and the content of appropriate Natural Resource Management written material to provide effective information on best practice management of the riparian zone. The landholder field days will visit demonstration sites to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and practical experience of landholders.
The Powerhouse Museum's EcoLogic website will provide access to a wide range of ecological information, including up-to-date data about water management and climate change research. It will tackle issues like carbon trading, carbon taxes and design for ecological sustainability. Guidelines will help people choose what to buy or how to design new products and services. It will also feature the Museum's planned community garden, emphasising the benefits of sharing knowledge, skills, intergenerational wisdom and time. The site will provide a hub for interaction that will help us all to create a sustainable future.
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'Environment on the Agenda' - an integrated training approach will offer a series or comprehensive workshops focusing on training local government employees across the OROC and CENTROC regions. The training will provide up to date Natural Resource Management (NRM) knowledge and practical skills to improve the understanding of how natural resource management applies to and effects councils' management and operations. Ultimately this training will increase the capacity of local government, better integrate NRM into the core functions of council operations and shape the attitude of council staff to manage natural resources more appropriately in the OROC and CENTROC regions. This project is a collaborative approach to improve NRM across two Catchment Management Authorities - Western and Central West Catchment Management Authorities and 17 local government areas.
The five NSW Coastal Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) will partner with Industry and Investment NSW, the Boat Owners' Association and the Boating Industry Association to develop an environmental education strategy for boaters and fishers. The strategy will be developed in consultation with boating and fishing groups to promote sustainable behaviour which will protect and enhance coastal and marine areas. Best practice guidelines will be developed for key coastal and marine environmental issues which will also outline the benefits to the boating and fishing communities. Presentations will be given to boating and fishing groups up and down the NSW coast by trained CMA staff. Educational materials developed will be distributed via partners' websites, through the presentations and via state government offices.
North Coast TAFE and Kempsey Shire Council are working together with other local and regional partners to bring the innovative environmental education program 'Living Smart' into communities in the beautiful Macleay Valley region of NSW. Living Smart is a proven and award-winning program, including the 2004 Australia-wide Eureka Prize for Sustainability Education. It works by successfully facilitating positive changes in participants' attitudes and behaviours around water, energy and environmental sustainability. Living Smart will deliver long-lasting environmental improvements to the Macleay Valley and help program participants to live more sustainably in their homes and communities.
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This project will develop a mobile trailer as a walk-through education and training resource. This resource will demonstrate the efficiencies and savings which can be achieved by installing or retrofitting environmentally sustainable products in a domestic environment. Participants will be able to turn on a variety of light fittings and domestic appliances, to observe, compare and contrast the energy consumption and associated costs, from both mains and renewable energy sources. Water consumption will be measured through both standard and efficient plumbing fittings in a range of domestic applications. The equipment will be connected to monitors and computer software to display environmental impacts including CO2 equivalent production, volume/quantity, and cost-benefits from adapting homes to new equipment.
The University of Wollongong has a Marine Touch Pond (MTP) that accommodates 22 students. The pond is built as an aquaria and looks like a rock pool. This MTP will be used as a mobile education resource that will go to schools in the Sutherland, Illawarra and Shoalhaven area to teach students K-6 about this unique ecosystem, its rich indigenous and modern history and its importance as an indicator of broader environmental disturbance. Issues around climate change will be incorporated into the experience for children. The MTP provides exciting hands on experience for children and will enable the University to interact with students in the region about a vital regional ecosystem that requires ongoing conservation. In addition, Marine Science and Education faculty students will develop and present educational work the school can utilise in their ongoing programs.
The project is a competition revolving around improving sustainable living practices in the home or workplace. Households and small businesses will be invited to apply. The participants will reduce their ecological footprint, which will be tracked over a period of six months. Participants will be given start up training and $500 to implement physical changes to their home or take advantage of rebates etc. Participants are awarded points for the physical and behavioural changes that they make. A prize will also be awarded at the end of the project as an added incentive. Education and information on sustainability issues and existing government initiatives will be promoted through an extensive media campaign including project launch, community workshops and ongoing updates to the community on participants' progress. The competition will be run in 2011 and again in 2012.
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Page last updated: 27 February 2011