Project summaries: 2015 Environmental Education - government program

2015 Environmental Education - government grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Cobar Shire Council

Regional water quality education program

48,000

Local Government NSW

Local government managing roadsides for biodiversity outcomes

71,650

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Fish friendly marine infrastructure

69,950

OEH, National Parks & Wildlife Service

Bush Trackers: guides created by kids for kids

99,330

Port Stephens Council

Kick starting the capacity to tackle (emergent) African Olive in Port Stephens

55,000

Rockdale City Council

Wild things

34,450

Sutherland Shire Council

Protecting Our Planet Kit 41,583

Tweed Shire Council

Tweed-Byron native species planting guide 50,000

8 projects

Total

$469,963

Cobar Shire Council
Regional water quality education program
$48,000

Council plans on undertaking a community awareness/education program focused on how the quality of stormwater flows from the Cobar township will influence Cobar's Newey Reservoir. The Reservoir is a popular recreational water area that is the primary catchment for stormwater flows from the majority of the Cobar urban area.  This unprecedented education program will concentrate on primary and secondary school children, as well as the general Cobar community by communicating and demonstrating how stormwater flows can influence the water quality within the Newey Reservoir through evaluating and rehabilitating natural water courses, water quality testing, media communications and community education market stalls to promote the project.

Local Government NSW
Local government managing roadsides for biodiversity outcomes
$71,650

The project aims to prevent further loss of roadside vegetation through building council's capacity to understand the value of their roadside environments. Roadside vegetation continues to be under threat from poor management practices, despite these areas often containing high value remnant vegetation and threatened ecosystems. This project is designed to facilitate a change in behaviour through building knowledge and understanding of managing roadside environments across council staff, with a focus on councils with limited capacity to undertake these professional development needs themselves.  Councils that complete the proposed capacity building workshops will be well equipped to undertake their own assessment and planning for the management of roadside environments.

NSW Department of Primary Industries
Fish friendly marine infrastructure
$69,950

A coast-wide education and extension program to deliver key concepts ensuring new and existing coastal infrastructure including boat moorings, sea walls and marinas are modified, upgraded and retrofitted so that they are fish friendly. Currently many of these necessary, existing structures, impact negatively on surrounding key fish habitat such as seagrass, mangrove and saltmarsh endangered ecological communities and result in long-term negative influence on the productivity of local fishery resources. Increased capacity will enable delivery of new and updated concepts in coastal infrastructure design, construction and management, sensitive to surrounding fish habitat and supporting productive coastal fisheries.

OEH, National Parks & Wildlife Service
Bush Trackers: guides created by kids for kids
$99,330

Following a local response to the nature deficit disorder suffered by some of our children and families, Bush Trackers is a successful environmental and cultural education initiative designed to engage more children and their families with the bush, and to promote the natural spaces within our local communities as child-friendly places.  Bush Trackers encourages children in the region to learn about their local environment, cultural stories and bush safety and share their learning with other kids and families with the delightfully creative Bush Tracker Map and Guide, which can be downloaded and printed from the NPWS website.

Port Stephens Council
Kick starting the capacity to tackle (emergent) African Olive in Port Stephens
$55,000

This project will implement a quality education program which will assist in increasing the skills in identification, control and removal of African Olive by residents and agency staff.  The African Olive is an aggressive woody weed, capable of forming a dense and permanent canopy in a wide range of vegetation types.  This weed invades pastoral lands and makes soils more susceptible to erosion.  Over the last number of years, there has been an increased infestation of African Olive particularly in the Nelson Plain, Brandy Hill, Hinton and Butterwick areas.  If no action is taken to control this infestation, there will be continued loss of biodiversity, a continued impact on endangered ecological communities, further spread and establishment across Port Stephens and continual re-infestation of controlled areas with an increased cost of control in the future.

Rockdale City Council
Wild things
$34,450

Wild Things aims to increase habitat for urban native wildlife in the Rockdale local government area by educating the community through a series of talks and workshops covering birds in backyards, native frogs and reptiles, native bees, micro bats and native vegetation. The workshops will consist of a talk followed by a practical workshop where participants are able to build bee hotels, bird or bat nest boxes to take home and install in their back yard. Residents that have created habitats will be asked to become citizen scientists and regularly monitor their bee hotel, nest box etc. for colonisation by wildlife and report the results back to council.

Sutherland Shire Council
Protecting Our Planet Kit
$41,583

The aim of the project is to develop a set of 16 environmental education kits called Protecting Our Planet Kit (PP Kit) that can be shared between families and early and middle education services delivered by Sutherland Shire Council's Children's Services Unit.  The contents of the kits will include interactive play-based experiences, stories and other resources that educators and families can share and enjoy with children whilst promoting pro-environmental behaviours within the home setting and early childhood and school aged services.  Each service will be able to utilise the kit within their curriculum and also lend it to families to engage in environmental experiences at home providing a collaborative approach towards sustainable living practices.

Tweed Shire Council
Tweed-Byron native species planting guide
$50,000

The project will deliver a user friendly online Native Species Planting Guide, allied smart phone application and booklets for Tweed and Byron Shires to assist in plant selection decision making for projects - from landscape-scale restoration to back garden planting. Currently data is in spreadsheet format, and although extensive is not readily disseminated.  The new online interactive database will be promoted through Planting Guide Use information workshops, media promotion, updating, printing and distribution of the My Local Native Garden booklet.  The new online guide will assist gardeners, landscapers, developers, land managers and bushland restoration professionals to make better informed decisions that enhance native fauna habitat and reduce costly weed infestations.

 

Page last updated: 26 November 2015