Project summaries: 2015 Environmental Education - community program

2015 Environmental Education - community grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Australian Association of Bush Regenerators

Ecological restoration case studies: online videos for learners

79,110

Australian Association for Environmental Education NSW Chapter Inc.

Equipping regional sustainability education networks for creating change

99,500

Bellinger Landcare Inc.

Bellinger River freshwater habitat education and action program

75,000

BirdLife Australia

Coexisting on the coast: saving our beach-nesting birds

99,950

Coonamble Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

Coonamble Power Savers Program

99,618

Kosciuszko to Coast (K2C)

Yass Gorge - being a good neighbour to the bush

44,900

Port Macquarie Community Gardens Inc.

Sustainability made easy at The Lost Plot 16,560

WetlandCare Australia Pty Ltd

Belmont Wetlands State Park community engagement program 99,543

8 projects

Total

$614,181


Australian Association of Bush Regenerators

Ecological restoration case studies: online videos for learners
$79,110

The project will involve coordination, videoing and website publication of a permanent collection of approximately 50 seminar presentations and field trips over three years, showcasing outstanding ecological restoration and rehabilitation case studies for open access by bushland managers, students and any practitioners of ecological restoration and rehabilitation. The aim is to improve the practice of restoration in NSW by enabling broader dissemination of best practice restoration principles and to do so in a way that is consistent with emerging Australian national standards for ecological restoration.


Australian Association for Environmental Education NSW Chapter Inc.

Equipping regional sustainability education networks for creating change
$99,500

This two year project will improve the quality of environmental education projects across NSW by increasing the capacity of 30 key volunteers from 12 volunteer-run regional sustainability educator networks (RSEN), which supports approximately 300 environmental educators. Key activities include a six month Skills Development program for up to three volunteers from each RSEN to learn how to lead and manage effective and resilient regional groups, a nine month Mentoring and Application period where RSENs are mentored to create a strategic plan, and receive support (financial and strategic) to carry out an on-the-ground environmental project, and a three month Celebration and Evaluation period to share learnings and lessons for future projects across NSW.


Bellinger Landcare Inc.

Bellinger River freshwater habitat education and action program
$75,000

In response to high level of community concern over degraded terrestrial and aquatic habitat along the Bellinger River, this project will educate riparian landholders and the general community about the value of healthy riparian vegetation. A recent rare turtle mortality event triggered an unprecedented interagency State government emergency response involving National Parks & Wildlife Services, DPI, North Coast Local Land Services and Taronga Zoo. To address habitat degradation, Bellinger Landcare will work with stakeholders to create a booklet and workshop series on best practice river rehabilitation, facilitating and promoting active landholder and community engagement in on ground works to regenerate lowland subtropical rainforest endangered ecological community.


BirdLife Australia

Coexisting on the coast: saving our beach-nesting birds
$99,950

The NSW coast offers critical habitat for a suite of beach-dependent birds that nest in spring and summer when people most frequently visit beaches. These birds use camouflage and are sensitive to disturbance, making coexistence with people a conservation challenge! Beach-nesting shorebirds are widely dispersed, relying on cooperation between multiple agencies/groups. This project seeks to unify localised efforts for beach-nesters across NSW and to provide training and resources for best practice monitoring and site protection. We will concentrate public education activities around coastal caravan parks as hubs for reporting sightings, raising awareness and reducing predator impacts via improved litter management.


Coonamble Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

Coonamble Power Savers Program
$99,618

The Coonamble Power Savers Program (CPSP) will substantively improve the energy efficiency of 100 disadvantaged low-income homes in three remote townships in central west NSW by a median value of 15 per cent across the households (equating to approximately $345 savings per household per year).  Through strong local partnerships, the CPSP will arrange 100 educational home energy assessments, follow-ups, and the installation of tailored retrofits for each household. By leveraging the skillsets of the industry partners involved, the program will concurrently facilitate community discussion and action in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living. To ensure an enduring legacy, a committee will be established with the aim to develop a long-term residential energy efficiency strategy for the region.


Kosciuszko to Coast (K2C)

Yass Gorge - being a good neighbour to the bush
$44,900

Yass River flows through the township of Yass, and at its heart is the picturesque Yass Gorge. The area supports a number of NSW-listed threatened species and an endangered ecological community, Natural Temperate Grassland. The river corridor has been significantly degraded by weed invasion and the dumping of rubbish and garden waste. The aim of this project is to run a series of community workshops and field days and to prepare a resource booklet to increase the community's environmental awareness, with the aim to reduce impacts on this natural area, encourage sustainable living and help to protect the environment. The long-term goal is for the community to take personal ownership and responsibility for their local reserve and to help restore and protect the Yass River and its gorge.


Port Macquarie Community Gardens Inc.

Sustainability made easy at The Lost Plot
$16,560

Port Macquarie Community Gardens will run a series of at least 10 community sustainability workshops based at its garden - The Lost Plot. The workshops will educate and engage the community with the local environment and facilitate behaviour change with aim to supporting and enhancing biodiversity in our region. Workshop topics will include but not be limited to:

  • Making your neighbourhood koala friendly
  • Making your garden bird friendly
  • Making your yard frog-friendly
  • Building and maintaining a productive food garden in your yard or balcony
  • Worm-farming versus composting
  • Natural Cleaning - no more nasty household chemicals
  • Sustainable food shopping locally
  • Love Food Hate Waste

 


WetlandCare Australia Pty Ltd

Belmont Wetlands State Park community engagement program
$99,543

Belmont Wetlands State Park is Crown Reserve covering 500 hectares of sensitive coastal wetland habitat in Lake Macquarie local government area. Its managed by a volunteer Trust and has two active Landcare groups. The Park is subject to urban pressures including weed infestation, waste dumping, unauthorised off-road vehicles and stormwater pollution. This community engagement program will engage local residents and user groups, promoting understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the Park's natural values. It will use social change tools to foster sustainable behaviours and a conservation ethic. WetlandCare Australia will partner with Conservation Volunteers Australia and work closely with the Trust, recruit and train volunteers, and create an engagement framework and resources to build their capacity to continue the program onwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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