Project summaries: 2016 Environmental Education

Education - Community

OrganisationProject titleAmount $   

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Northern coastal rivers pest fish force

61,950

Dharma Karta Pty Ltd

My community, my environment

100,000

Friends of the Koala Incorporated

Koala watch: community led koala recovery - Northern Rivers

76,621

3 projects totalling

$238,571

Education - Government

OrganisationProject titleAmount $   

Ballina Shire Council

Educating our community through animation: Let's clean-up our river

95,000

Blue Mountains City Council

Kids, communities and creeks project

49,875

Canada Bay Council

Managing and protecting mangroves in Canada Bay

37,500

Charles Sturt University

Powering down: an energy efficiency education project

100,000

Hunter Councils Inc.

Flying Fox community engagement in the Hunter and Central Coast region

100,000
Mid-Coast Council

Backyard bushcare in Pacific Palms

100,000
Orange City Council

High risk weeds study tour

22,400
Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Plastic free oceans

72,000
Tweed Shire Council

Love cats, love wildlife

91,714

9 projects totalling

$668,489

Community project summaries

Conservation Volunteers Australia
Northern coastal rivers pest fish force
$61,950

Pest fish are on the rise in NSW coastal rivers, most notably the recent spread of carp throughout the Richmond River.  For the first time in history the mouth-brooding Tilapia (prevalent in Queensland) have been positively identified (DPI Fisheries) in NSW, occurring in the Tweed catchment. This project will support the efforts of local fishing clubs and residents to remove carp from the river system through combining small local carp-muster events and water quality education into a catchment-wide event for the entire Richmond River. Similarly, a trial event will be held to capture Tilapia in the Tweed area, encouraging the local community, fishers and fishing clubs to get involved and to learn more about this new pest fish in their area and what actions they can take to control it. These events we will create lasting partnerships and tools that can be used by fishing clubs, fishers and the community in future pest fish efforts.

Dharma Karta Pty Ltd
My community, my environment
$100,000

My community, my environment is an education program that fosters environmental awareness and action within culturally and linguistically diverse communities of Western Sydney. This project will work across four local government areas with an estimated 400 participants from various cultural groups; deliver over 250 study circles, workshops and place-based activities; activate participants through volunteering opportunities and create networks of eco-conscious communities empowered to play a more meaningful role in protecting the local environment. Through an innovative ‘values and empowerment’ approach, participants develop a greater connectivity to environmental issues and experience higher motivations for change. Participants will also gain sustainable living skills (e.g. recycling, water and energy saving), connect to their local natural sites and take positive action via eco-volunteering.

Friends of the Koala Incorporated
Koala watch: community led koala recovery - Northern Rivers
$76,621

Koala watch is about empowering individuals in local communities in the Northern Rivers that live with koalas to gain the knowledge and skills to be proactive in the early detection of the major threats to the local koala populations and to undertake actions that reduce or eliminate these threats. The five major threats that the project will focus on are disease (Chlamydia and Retrovirus), dogs (domestic and wild), road vehicle collisions, catastrophic fire events, and severe storms. The project will include a number of workshops and the development and dissemination of a range of educational materials to enable local communities to identify visual, audible, and behavioural distress signs in koalas. It will target rural landholders and residents, urban residents, school students, and industry (dairy, beef, orchardists, floodplain croppers, lifestyle landholders) as well as the broader community.

Government project summaries

Ballina Shire Council
Educating our community through animation: Let's clean-up our river
$95,000

Local councils and organisations in the Richmond River catchment are banding together to create three short animated videos highlighting issues affecting water quality within our local rivers and streams. Each topic: (1) urban stormwater, (2) rural runoff and (3) recycled water, will feature local landmarks and identities. Content will target local water quality hotspots and issues. A serious message will be delivered within a quirky and light-hearted format using various digital media, e.g. council and community websites, social media, local cinemas, schools, and community events. By showcasing familiar local landscapes we aim to provide that jolt of recognition, leading to behavioural change.

Blue Mountains City Council
Kids, communities and creeks project
$49,875

In an effort to protect local creeks and waterways from stormwater pollution, Blue Mountains City Council has teamed up with local schools and community volunteers to run the Kids, communities and creeks project. With urban stormwater runoff being the number one cause of poor local water quality, the project aims to raise awareness of the impact of stormwater on our catchments and waterways, and to inspire people to take positive action in their area. Students will learn how to care for their local catchment and be empowered to turn their big ideas into action plans. Dedicated local conservation volunteers will also be involved through catchment education activities (such as drain stencilling) in their local area with the support of council. This project will run in schools and catchments across the Blue Mountains for three years.

Canada Bay Council
Managing and protecting mangroves in Canada Bay
$37,500

Mind our mangroves project works to address vandalism and poor public perception of mangroves in Canada Bay through education of local residents and community members by: (a) conducting photography and walking tour workshops to raise local awareness and educate the community about the function of mangroves in maintaining aquatic ecosystem health: providing habitat for juvenile fish, producing organic litter as an integral part of the food chain, acting as coastal kidneys buffering strong tides and filtering nutrients, pollutants and sediment, sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; and (b) commissioning artists to help children design public art installations about mangroves to be displayed in barbeque areas in passive foreshore parks.

Charles Sturt University
Powering down: an energy efficiency education project
$100,000

Powering down is an energy efficiency education project that targets ‘hard to reach’ householders (low income, CALD, refugees) and nearby schools (Year 5 students) in the Albury local government area. Through a community benchmarking survey, householders will be invited to participate in a year-long energy efficiency awards program. Participant success will be supported through an outreach team, physical information hub, workshops, and financial assistance for practical changes within households. Success in the schools category of the awards program will be supported through improved energy data access (where required) and a six-month Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics investigation about reducing energy consumption.

Hunter Councils Inc.
Flying Fox community engagement in the Hunter and Central Coast region
$100,000

Increasing conflict between flying foxes and human communities results in calls to disperse flying fox camps and remove habitat. A long-term regional approach to flying fox awareness and management is required to conserve flying foxes. This project will encourage positive change in community attitudes to flying foxes through a coordinated regional program of community education and engagement, adding value to existing initiatives. The development and implementation of a regional community awareness and engagement strategy across 11 council areas will include a flying fox resources kit, staff training, rollout of a flying fox decision-support tool, and direct engagement and capacity building of affected residents and community groups.

Mid-Coast Council
Backyard bushcare in Pacific Palms
$100,000

Backyard bushcare in Pacific Palms will be a community education and engagement program designed to change understanding, attitudes and behaviour around the management of vegetation on private properties to minimise invasive weed spread into bushland and improve habitat connectivity. Based on the latest in behaviour change theory, this program will result in long-term ongoing environmental benefits. Inspections of approximately 1000 private properties in the Pacific Palms area (including the residential areas of Boomerang Beach, Blueys Beach, Elizabeth Beach and Charlotte Bay) at the beginning and end of the program will provide concrete evidence of the effectiveness of the program, as well as providing opportunities for direct engagement. Exciting events and educational materials will be targeted to the specific community, priority weed species and barriers to change of the area.

Orange City Council
High risk weeds study tour
$22,400

A study tour of high risk invasive weed species for local and state government weed officers from Central Tablelands, Central West and Western NSW to build their capacity to identify and manage one of the greatest threats to biodiversity and primary production in NSW. Weeds staff are at the front line of weed control, yet in this huge region, have limited opportunities to undertake further professional development. They will see first hand, weed species not yet present in the region, be exposed to new, innovative control techniques, collaborate with neighbouring regions and improve community extension services leading to a generational change in weed management and protection of biodiversity across central and western NSW. Key to this projects success will be the development of a new educational tool to assist weeds staff to better engage and motivate the community to proactively manage invasive species.

Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Plastic free oceans
$72,000

Plastic free oceans is a behaviour change campaign designed to protect our local environment, tackle one of the greatest environmental challenges facing our generation and safe-guard the marine turtle from extinction. Taronga Conservation Society, the Total Environment Centre and Clean-Up Australia will come together to raise awareness about the impact of single use plastics on our oceans to encourage schools and businesses across NSW to become plastic bag free. Working with local businesses through the Mosman Chamber of Commerce and by inspiring visitors and students to take action, Taronga Zoo will provide a pilot for change.

Tweed Shire Council
Love cats, love wildlife
$91,714

Tweed Shire has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in Australia. This project aims to increase environmentally responsible cat ownership in coastal residential areas of Tweed Shire, leading to a reduction of the impacts of cats on native fauna. Through the use of Community Based Social Marketing we will identify specific barriers and benefits to responsible cat ownership, and then foster positive behaviour change. The focus will be on voluntary participation and uptake by the community as this will lead to meaningful, lasting behaviour change. The outcome will be an increase in behaviour change towards responsible cat ownership, which will support the conservation of native fauna on the Tweed Coast.

Page last updated: 28 October 2016