Project summaries: 2017 Environmental Education

Education – Community

OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Australian Association for Environmental Education NSW Chapter Inc. Best practice sustainability education and engagement for New South Wales $95,760
Barragal Landcare Group Inc. Skilling up the community to reduce fox impacts in south-west Sydney $88,000
Corowa and District Landcare Sounding the chorus for frogs in Corowa's wetlands $40,790
Greening Australia (NSW) Ltd. Reveal and restore western Sydney dry rainforest $86,876
Z-NET Uralla Inc. The elephant in the woodlands – impact of firewood collection $99,957
5 projects totalling $411,383

Education – Government

OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Central Coast Council Brisbane water estuary education project $100,000
Cessnock City Council Citizens, science and woodland birds of Cessnock $92,014
Clarence Valley Council Coastal emus and koalas in the Clarence $100,000
Eurobodalla Shire Council Weed finder – a self help system for weed control $48,762
Hilltops Council Hollows habitats for Hilltops $40,800
Waverley Council Living connections $70,000
Yass Valley Council Hands on for less waste $20,000
Local Government NSW Statewide flying-fox community education and engagement program $70,414
8 projects totalling $541,990

Community project summaries

Australian Association for Environmental Education NSW Chapter Inc.
Best practice sustainability education and engagement for NSW
$95,760

This project will increase the capacity of 240 environmental educators through 12 skills development workshops on best practice sustainability education and engagement (SEE). 'Take Me Outside' (TMO) initiatives will then provide an action learning platform for educators as they put best practice SEE methods into practice in 200 local projects with schools, preschools, community groups and businesses.

This project will provide the support, tools and resources that NSW educators need to deliver more effective projects and maximise on-ground environmental benefits. TMO projects will provide significant measurable environmental benefits and case studies, while reconnecting adults and children with nature and combating the growing trend towards sedentary lifestyles.

Barragal Landcare Group Inc.
Skilling up the community to reduce fox impacts in south-west Sydney
$88,000

Fox activity is increasing right across the Sydney region. Highly coordinated and innovative control campaigns are required to reduce the impact of foxes on wildlife, livestock and domestic animals in urban and peri-urban environments. This project builds on the success of the Menangle Fox Control Campaign, which has used a landscape-based approach to inform landholders about fox activity and the use of novel fox control methods in south-west Sydney.

Our initiative is to identify 'cluster' groups of landholders who are prepared to work with their neighbours to control foxes during Autumn and Spring each year and then engage a contractor to coordinate fox control measures across several clusters.

Educational initiatives such as community workshops and media reports will continue to encourage the community to support these activities and reduce resources available to foxes.

Corowa and District Landcare
Sounding the chorus for frogs in Corowa's wetlands
$40,790

The threatened Sloane's froglet will be used as a flagship species to engage schoolchildren and the broader community in caring for frogs, threatened species, and wetland habitats. We will support primary school teachers by providing locally relevant educational materials and school visits by scientists, and engage school children in hands-on creative activities to develop an understanding of the unique wetland habitats and frogs of the Corowa region.

The Landcare and broader community will be involved in wetland rehabilitation planting days which will protect key habitats as well as developing skills in wetland and threatened species habitat identification and management.

Greening Australia (NSW) Ltd.
Reveal and restore western Sydney dry rainforest
$86,876

Western Sydney Dry Rainforest (WSDR) is a living fossil, one of the last remaining examples of Sydney's prehistoric environment. Only 26% of this highly significant ecosystem remains and it is slowly disappearing due to development, weed invasion and current land management practices.

The project will focus on revealing and restoring WSDR on private land. We will target private landholders and encourage alternative farming practices, showcase best practice, and incorporate Landcare ideas into land management to give landholders the knowledge and skills to restore WSDR on their land. These landholders will become WSDR custodians and inspire local community and school students.

Z-NET Uralla Inc.
The elephant in the woodlands – impact of firewood collection
$99,957

The collection and use of firewood for home heating is a common practice in the Uralla Community. 'Elephant in the Woodlands' will raise awareness and encourage sustainable practices amongst resource managers, firewood collectors and firewood users.

The project will establish a recognised sustainable supply of firewood through ecological assessments and training programs provided to landholders and firewood collectors. The project will also support and extend existing community-based programs for improving home thermal efficiency, reducing energy for demand for heating and effective firewood storage.

These objectives will be supported by an ongoing education campaign through media, at community events and in schools to raise awareness of the value and importance of standing and fallen timber (coarse woody debris:CWD) on public reserves and roadsides and promote the use of sustainable firewood.

Government project summaries

Central Coast Council
Brisbane water estuary education project
$100,000

The Brisbane Water Estuary Education Project is a general awareness raising and capacity building project that will involve the development of an engagement program for the Brisbane Water Catchment on the NSW Central Coast, working with industry and small local neighbourhood pockets directly adjacent to the estuary, to increase the communities understanding of the importance of estuaries, wetlands, the catchment and our impact on the local environment.

The project will enhance the communities understanding of past connections and uses for the system, the value of these ecosystems and build best practice and positive behaviour change to move towards the longer term outcomes of the Brisbane Water Estuary Management Plan of improving local biodiversity and water quality.

Cessnock City Council
Citizens, science and woodland birds of Cessnock
$92,014

The project aims to build awareness of Cessnock's significance for biodiversity - it is the biodiversity hotspot of the Lower Hunter. We will use Regent Honeyeater as our 'flagship' species, essentially on the brink of extinction. The area is of vital importance to this bird. The region holds the most important coastal forests in New South Wales for declining woodland birds; this and the value of protecting biodiversity for the benefit of these bird species, other plants and animals, eco-tourism, and future generations will be the focus of the project.

The project will use targeted tools to engage and upskill/empower the different target audiences. We will consult with the business community to establish a collaborative approach to broadcasting the message that Cessnock's woodlands, local birdlife and natural landscapes are unique. They have economic value due to this uniqueness and are worth protecting.

Clarence Valley Council
Coastal emus and koalas in the Clarence
$100,000

Coastal emus and koalas in the Clarence is an education project that builds capacity and equips landowners with methods to address identified threats to the endangered coastal emu and koala in the Clarence.

Consolidating partnerships formed between local and state government and the community, educational tools including film, on ground workshops and educational material will be developed and disseminated to landholders in emu and koala habitat areas to protect the last remaining coastal emu population and the disjunct flagging populations of koalas in the Clarence.

Eurobodalla Shire Council
Weed finder – a self-help system for weed control
$48,762

This project will develop an online tool called the Weeds Finder that residential and rural landholders and the community can readily access and use with ease. The application will include:

  • simple to use interactive key for weed identification
  • weed control advice, photos of weeds
  • recommendations of alternative bush friendly species
  • garden design plans and advice.

It will empower people to make positive decisions about plant choices and reduce invasive weeds across all land tenure. Research has shown that once landholders have the skills to identify and treat weeds effectively they are more motivated to carry out ongoing weed control on their land, to educate others and reduce their impacts on bushland and waterways.

A trial version of the Weeds Finder has proven popular with users.

Hilltops Council
Hollows habitats for Hilltops
$40,800

Hollow habitats for Hilltops aims to develop the knowledge, capacity and commitment of urban and rural residents in the Hilltops local government area to identify and conserve the habitat, including foraging habitat, for vulnerable hollow dependent birds and small mammal species. To supplement the remnant habitat, artificial hollows will be created and their usage monitored.

Through a network involving Local Land Services, Landcare Groups, Schools, and Service Organisations, the knowledge to identify, preserve, protect and augment tree hollows and their surrounding native habitat will be disseminated across the Hilltops region, commencing at Boorowa.

Waverley Council
Living connections
$70,000

Living connections will connect and enhance identified fragmented habitat corridors in Waverley by working with up to 250 residents to increase native planting and habitat creation in their gardens and verges. Participants will be provided a tailored garden plan where appropriate, horticultural advice and suitable plants for their gardens and verges.

The project will also increase the community's understanding of the importance of habitat for the conservation of biodiversity by engaging the wider community using the Habitat Stepping Stones web tool and through events and activities including a habitat creation workshop for landscape gardeners and architects.

Yass Valley Council
Hands on for less waste
$20,000

This project will consist of a series of hands-on workshops in the Yass Valley local government area which will encourage people to reduce the amount of waste their household produces. The workshops will focus on the most preferred options in the Waste Management Hierarchy of Avoid, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

The workshops will be targeted at all age groups, from schoolchildren to seniors, and will focus on being fun and hands-on, delivering real world skills to enable our community to reduce the amount of waste going to our landfill sites.

Local Government NSW
Statewide flying-fox community education and engagement program
$70,414

Conflict between flying-foxes and the public is increasingly common, resulting in demands for various management activities that are often ineffective and expensive. Increasing public awareness on the importance of flying-foxes and reducing unwarranted fear through education is proposed as a means to improve community resilience and tolerance, thereby reducing the need for intervention.

Councils have a key role in community education but must develop their own resources, which is costly and results in variable products. Hunter Councils is currently developing a flying-fox education kit that consolidates existing education material into a council specific fit-for-purpose tool for its member councils but there is a need for such a kit statewide.

This project will work with Hunter Councils to trial the kit in the Sydney region, refine and value-add to the material as required, and showcase the kit to councils statewide.

Page last updated: 22 December 2017