Project summaries - 2014 Environmental Education - community grants

OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Albury Conservation Company Ltd

Urban developers constructing a hollow future for Albury's wildlife

54,560

Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Start the Switch NSW

71,000

Community Environment Network Inc.

Landscapes for urban wildlife project

74,752

EDO NSW

Environmental law for environmental decision-makers

66,768

Gould League

Creating Gunnedah Regional Environmental Education Network (GREEN)

83,750

Liverpool Plains Land Management Inc.

RAINtripleO - regenerative agriculture is now our only option 96,432

Murrumbidgee Landcare Association Incorporated

Paddock trees - their value and their vulnerability

35,350

Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group (SURG) Inc.

Community action blueprint to enhance estuarine habitat resilience 43,850

UnitingCare NSW

Waste management education in the aged care industry 60,000

WetlandCare Australia Pty Ltd

Can do campers 33,139

10 Projects

TOTAL

$619,781

Albury Conservation Company Ltd
Urban developers constructing a hollow future for Albury’s wildlife
$54,560

This two-year project aims to increase retention of hollow-bearing trees (HBTs) in Thurgoona/Wirlinga through collaboration with key stakeholders that have responsibilities for HBT conservation during the urban development process. The project will achieve its aims through implementing the following activities:

  • survey and map HBTs in Thurgoona/Wirlinga in partnership with key stakeholders and community groups
  • establish a HBT Working Group involving key development stakeholders (e.g. Albury City Council) to exchange information regarding HBT distribution, conservation values, threats, and opportunities to increase retention rates
  • conduct training events for working group members to exchange information and promote increased protection of HBTs
  • host a pilot Awards Program recognising local best practice in HBT retention

Australian Youth Climate Coalition
Start the Switch NSW
$71,000

Start the Switch NSW will use a unique peer-to-peer sustainability education model to inspire, educate and empower high school students to lead sustainability projects in their school or community. Start the Switch is run by young people for young people and has three program elements. First, we will reach thousands of students with our engaging 20-minute in-school presentation on the latest climate change science and sustainability information. Second, we will empower 200 students through transformative two-day leadership summits and regional workshops. Finally, we will mentor these students to lead successful sustainability projects that have a tangible environmental benefit.

Community Environment Network Inc.
Landscapes for urban wildlife project
$74,752

This project will identify four iconic species and their associated habitats. In each of the four areas we will undertake an engagement strategy based around:

  • a survey of the local community regarding knowledge, values and attitudes towards the urban wildlife and iconic species in their area. This will be delivered through a range of strategies, including doorknocking, social media and stalls at key locations
  • a workshop/field day presenting information and identifying actions to improve habitat/landscape for wildlife
  • the Central Coast Wildwatch program targeting school-aged children and families and encouraging participation through a membership scheme, including a badge, certificate and newsletter
  • implementation of actions as identified through the workshop over 12–18 month period
  • post evaluation of the program to measure engagement and changes in local community and measurable improvements in terms of habitat/species condition

EDO NSW
Environmental law for environmental decision-makers
$66,768

This project will deliver professional development training in the application and enforcement of environmental laws to local council and Local Land Services staff. The training will be provided by environmental law experts from EDO NSW via intensive full day workshops and complementary fact sheets, targeted to match the needs of each region, predominantly in rural and regional NSW.

Gould League
Creating Gunnedah Regional Environmental Education Network (GREEN)
$83,750

The Gould League will foster and mentor the development of the Gunnedah Regional Environmental Education Network (GREEN), a community of excellence in practice in environmental education for teachers across 14 schools in the Gunnedah area. GREEN will provide teachers from these schools with professional development in environmental education delivered by Gunnedah TAFE (a centre of excellence in environmental education). This will be supported by an integrated cross-curriculum environmental education unit of work and online mentoring, webinars, tutorials and peer support. The aim is to enable teachers and other staff/parents to facilitate a model student-led wildscape habitat garden in their 14 schools, creating and building capacity to develop a master plan of student-centred environmental sustainability programs for three to five plus years beyond the formal project.

Liverpool Plains Land Management Inc.
RAINtripleO - regenerative agriculture is now our only option
$96,432

RAINtripleO - will engage farmers to examine their production systems and understand how they work with - or against - the ecosystem processes that can and should support them.
Livestock producers in the Liverpool Plains will be enabled to EQUIP THEMSELVES with the skills, knowledge and resources to make much needed changes to their grazing and pasture management processes to increase their profitability, productivity and build resilience in a changing environment. A rehydrated landscape and improved biodiversity will enable them to better cope with climate change and the increased probability of severe weather events.

Murrumbidgee Landcare Association Incorporated
Paddock trees – their value and their vulnerability
$35,350

The project will provide a high-quality, educational film that demonstrates the crucial role of paddock trees in agricultural landscapes and the role of producers and landholders in protecting them. It will emphasise the functional role of paddock trees, their vulnerability, and the destructive impact of practices, such as stubble burning. The 12-minute film will be downloadable from the internet and screened at meetings/workshops. It will include commentary from ecologists and on-site interviews with land managers in the field who are actively conserving trees. The film will be promoted at events, community meetings and through social media.

Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group (SURG) Inc.
Community action blueprint to enhance estuarine habitat resilience
$43,850

Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group (SURG) members will undertake in-water estuarine surveys to determine the presence of threatened and protected marine species and identify the critical habitat they rely upon. Seagrass cover, areas with complex habitats and deep holes will be geo-referenced along four estuaries. Mini-baited underwater video will identify species that use these habitats during different seasons. Information collected will form the foundation of interpretive educational material to be displayed at high-use locations along the estuaries. Debris surveys and visual censuses will be conducted in and adjacent to critical habitats to quantify local threats to critical habitats. Interpretive plaques will be placed on estuary boardwalks with brochures and teaching material developed and made available to the wider community via volunteer groups and government websites.

UnitingCare NSW
Waste management education in the aged care industry
$60,000

Waste management in the aged care industry is a critical issue requiring targeted educational materials due to the cultural diversity of staff members and residents. Through the production of a video, e-learning tool and other materials, UnitingCare strives to increase recycling rates up to 80 percent of general waste within its residential aged care facilities and demonstrate to its industry that large environmental and economical gains can be achieved through better waste management.

WetlandCare Australia Pty Ltd
Can do campers
$33,319

Holiday parks are set in some of the most picturesque and valuable landscapes in NSW. For example, the Red Rock Holiday Park is located in Red Rock Reserve, on the mid-north coast of NSW, a 43 hectare area of high conservation value vegetation containing numerous endangered ecological communities and rare and threatened flora and fauna species. This project will design an environmental action program that can be run by park managers to engage their guests in their local environment, providing hands-on education, greater environmental awareness, an additional holiday experience and an improved local environment.

 

 

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