Project summaries: 2014 Environmental Education - government grants

2014 Environmental Education - government grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Environment Protection Authority

Development and provision of training for sewer leak investigations

60,000

Goldenfields Water County Council

GWCC500: Focus on biodiversity and native vegetation education

58,600

Gosford City Council COSS Wildlife Corridors: actions on private land 33,900

Greater Sydney Local Land Services

Sustainable land management for Sydney-based rural landholders

72,000

Lismore City Council

Building landholder capacity to manage ecosystem services

100,000

NSW Office of Water

A freshwater toxic algal bloom resource kit to improve monitoring

67,000

National Parks & Wildlife Service, OEH

Threatened shorebirds community and schools education project 75,519
Pittwater Council Coastal ambassadors program for nippers 'Coastal Kids' 45,900
Sutherland Shire Council Bat and flying fox education and engagement program 64.852

Tweed Shire Council

Sustainable grazing in the Tweed Valley 14,900

10 Projects

TOTAL

$592,671

Environment Protection Authority
Development and provision of training for sewer leak investigations
$60,000

In response to requests from local government officers and in an effort to improve water quality in the Sydney Basin, this joint Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Sydney Water project involves the development and provision of an education course for council officers on systematically investigating and remediating leaking sewers and illegal sewer connections. The education course will consist of a one-day workshop and one-day field trip. The course will be implemented for up to three groups of not more than 10 council officers.

Goldenfields Water County Council
GWCC500: Focus on biodiversity and native vegetation education
$58,600

During the biodiversity and native vegetation education stage of the GWCC500, schools will attend regional environmental workshops and seed collection workshops conducted by GWCC500 technical experts and Riverina Local Land Services. Topics will include ground preparation, bird/bat nest-boxes, revegetation planting, monitoring and native seed collection. Schools will be assisted in completing their corridor revegetation projects and with monitoring their corridor area. Data monitored bird and microbat boxes will be installed for each school; information will be available nationally and internationally via the world wide web.

Gosford City Council
COSS Wildlife Corridors: actions on private land

Gosford's Coastal Open Space System (COSS) is a network of bushland reserves on the Central Coast of NSW that were created 30 years ago to preserve the landscape and prevent further deterioration of habitat. However, many wildlife corridors linking these reserves now have limited functionality, and with the current expansion of urban development, there is an increasing probability of biodiversity loss in this area. The Wildlife Corridors Project is a collaborative project between the Community Environment Network and State and Local Governments to engage landholders to improve or establish new corridors in this area.

Greater Sydney Local Land Services
Sustainable land management for Sydney-based rural landholders
$72,000

This project will target and build connections with Sydney-residing rural landholders in NSW in order to raise their awareness and knowledge of land management issues and the opportunities available to undertake sustainable land management. The project will liaise statewide with other NSW Local Land Services regions to identify these stakeholders and land management issues (such as water, vegetation and biodiversity management), and address these through workshops in the metropolitan area and a free smart phone app which will provide spatially relevant information for absentee landholders about local resources, Landcare networks and support agencies and natural resource management advice about rural living. Changes in practices will be measured through reporting back from regional agencies, Landcare groups and app uploads of photographic evidence.

Lismore City Council
Building landholder capacity to manage ecosystem services
$100,000

Lismore City Council’s Rural Landholder Initiative (RLI) includes an education component that will build landholder capacity to manage ecosystem services and make best practice land management decisions to improve ecosystems and biodiversity. Council has partnered with Southern Cross University (SCU) to work with rural land managers, industry groups and other stakeholders to develop a program that maximises participation and biodiversity outcomes. The education program will be based on the Biodiversity ABCD Framework for the incremental improvement of land management practices. Implementation will include site/property planning workshops, field days at demonstration sites, and distribution of resource kits providing specific land management techniques targeted at particular industry and landholder groups.

NSW Office of Water
A freshwater toxic algal bloom resource kit to improve monitoring
$67,000

This project will create a new resource kit and communication and education platform to assist community detection of algal blooms. Resources will be made more accessible through electronic sources (websites, PDF links, communication), a phone app and a network of government staff to support the improved monitoring of blooms. The products will be supported through a series of community workshops across NSW (‘scum schools’) which will educate the participants about algal blooms. Participants will be trained in sampling, detecting and confirming blooms and receive a resource kit for identifying blooms and taking samples. The workshops and project will use community water monitoring networks and other interested participants.

Pittwater Council
Coastal ambassadors program for nippers 'Coastal Kids'

The development and delivery of an environmental education program that will provide engaging environmental education for children aged 5-17 years participating in Nippers and Cadets program at six surf life saving clubs on the northern beaches of Sydney over a two year period. The program will consist of three one hour education sessions for Nippers and two sessions for Cadets. Education sessions will be hands on workshops that focus on waste and marine biodiversity. This program will be delivered by Pittwater Council’s education staff delivering quality engaging environmental education as a part of the existing Nippers education program. A train the trainer program will also be included to give Nippers coordinators and educators the ability to continue to deliver environmental education as a part of the Nippers program.

National Parks & Wildlife Service, OEH
Threatened shorebirds community and schools education project
$75,519

The South Coast Shorebird Recovery Program aims to improve the breeding success of endangered shorebirds nesting on south coast beaches through survey, monitoring and nest protection works. The success of this program relies on the efforts of more than 100 dedicated community volunteers and the support of the local community. Through school and community education activities to improve knowledge and raise awareness, this project will increase support for the program in the wider community and reduce disturbance to nesting areas from beachgoers and dog walkers, thereby improving breeding success and assisting in the recovery of these endangered species.

Sutherland Shire Council
Bat and flying fox education and engagement program
$64,852

Development and delivery of education programs and resources to help protect flying foxes and micro bats with a focus on the grey-headed flying fox. This program aims to enhance awareness and understanding through improving community, schools and government access to current and up to date educational material and by engaging and educating the local community through facilitated, innovative workshops and events.

Tweed Shire Council
Sustainable grazing in the Tweed Valley
$14,900

This project will educate commercial cattle graziers in the Tweed local government area about the importance of soil health as the basis for sustainable grazing systems. This will lead to the uptake of improved soil management practices that result in a reduction in erosion and runoff to the benefit of waterway health and farm profitability. Graziers will gain the information and knowledge required to develop farm plans that identify the natural resource values and constraints on their land as well as develop strategies to improve management of these values on which their grazing operations depend.

 

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