Project summaries - 2011 Environmental Education - community grants

2011 Environmental Education - community grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Birds AustraliaThe Powerful Owl project


Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre Inc.Marine biodiversity education using the ex-HMAS Adelaide


Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA)One minute, one action, one planet: Simple steps to sustainability


Community Environment Network Inc.Land for wildlife in the Great Eastern Ranges


Environmental Defenders Office Ltd (NSW)Influencing environmental outcomes: A guide to having your say


Hawkesbury Environment NetworkAlive! Environmental youth engagement project


Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society Inc.Lane Cove bush kids


Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group (SURG) Inc.Health of coral communities in the Solitary Islands Marine Park


Sustainable Living Armidale Inc.I can do it! - living sustainably in our homes


9 projects



Birds Australia
The Powerful Owl project
Grant:  $77,023

Protecting biodiversity requires the education of a variety of stakeholders and the management of habitats at the landscape level. The Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) is an iconic Australian species and the largest owl in Australasia. It is currently listed as vulnerable across NSW but there are estimates of 20–30 pairs in the Sydney basin. Within their large home-ranges, they utilise many smaller, but often contiguous, patches of suburban bushland. Breeding success in Sydney is unknown but they require hollows that are at least 150 years old. The capacity for the Powerful Owl to continue living in urban environments will depend on long-term protection of important areas of its habitat that are managed by a variety of stakeholders and reducing the severity of current threatening processes. This project will use research that engages the local community to inform management recommendations for a suite of stakeholders, ensuring coordination for the protection of this species across the landscape.

Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre Inc.
Marine biodiversity education using the ex-HMAS Adelaide
Grant:  $59,698

The project will engage schools and the wider community on the issues around temperate marine biodiversity. Many of the temperate species on Australian reefs are unique to Australia because our temperate reefs are not strongly connected or linked to other temperate reef systems. This is unlike tropical species of which many have extensive Indo-Pacific distributions and therefore can be potentially replenished from other places. The biodiversity of temperate reefs is vulnerable to permanent loss due to activities along the coastline of southern Australia; this is going to be compounded by range extension of tropical species onto warming temperate reef systems. The marine environment and its biodiversity is largely inaccessible to the general community. This project takes advantage of a recently deployed artificial reef to educate and engage on the issues of marine biodiversity, conservation and management.

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA)
One minute, one action, one planet:  Simple Steps to sustainability
Grant:  $20,400

This project will seek to address the issues of climate change, water management, energy and water savings, and sustainable living. It will use a series of engaging one-minute radio segments to promote simple changes that people can make in their lives, homes, workplaces and communities that will result in energy and water savings and a move towards sustainability. By providing a large and diverse national audience around NSW with simple and clear ideas for steps they can take to live more sustainably, this project will greatly raise the awareness of a large audience that being more sustainable is something we all can do in our everyday lives.

Community Environment Network Inc.
Land for wildlife in the Great Eastern Ranges
Grant:  $92,000

The NSW Plan for Environmental Education identifies climate change and biodiversity conservation as priority environmental themes. The draft NSW Biodiversity Strategy identifies that biodiversity is under increasing pressure from threats such as habitat loss, climate change and invasive species. This project delivers on objectives for greater conservation efforts on private land, improved partnerships, and action at bigger scales. The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative has established the foundations for strategic connectivity conservation, with community partnerships forming the basis of an environmental response to the challenges presented by climate change and the need for ecosystem and species resilience in priority landscapes. This project delivers co-ordinated implementation of a voluntary community biodiversity conservation project developing landholder commitment to conservation of wildlife and its habitats, in priority areas of the Great Eastern Ranges.

Environmental Defenders Office Ltd (NSW)
Influencing environmental outcomes:  A guide to having your say
Grant:  $58,464

Environmental laws play a key role in protecting the environment by regulating activities that would otherwise cause environmental damage. Such laws relate to native vegetation, pollution, threatened species, building and infrastructure, natural resources etc. Environmental laws are constantly changing, with regular reviews and amendments, as well as new laws, tools and approaches emerging. This flux provides opportunities and challenges.  Opportunities arise where the community is able to participate in the creation and implementation of new laws and policies. Challenges arise where the community is required to keep abreast of their rights and obligations in a complex environment. Successful environmental policy depends on good regulation which, in turn, requires an engaged and educated community. This project will educate and build the capacity of the community to fully understand and participate in all aspects of environmental regulation with anticipated benefits for the implementation of environmental law and policy.

Hawkesbury Environment Network
Alive! Environmental youth engagement project
Grant:  $75,000

The environmental issue chosen for this project is not one, but a range of them evident in the local Hawkesbury area. Key to the success of this project is that the identification of these issues will come from the youth of the Hawkesbury, guided and influenced through the mentoring of participants in member groups who are currently operating in the Hawkesbury (e.g. landcare and bushcare groups and their appointed supervisor). Each youth group which signs up to participate in this event will need to have their own appointed supervisor which may be a youth worker, teacher or parent who is committed to helping them achieve their identified goals of their project. This project is innovative and unique as the environmental issues that each group works on will be identified through them. In this way, not only does this project raise awareness of the environmental issue or problem, but it also allows the youth to have ownership and develop solutions to the issue on both a long-term and short-term scale.

Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society Inc.
Lane Cove bush kids
Grant:  $47,512

Lane Cove bush kids (LCBK) addresses the issue of biodiversity conservation, in particular the need to conserve, care for, and protect, fragile urban bushland remnants located in the Lane Cove area and surrounds.  LCBK will contribute to this issue by strengthening our local community's awareness, understanding, interest and ultimately, engagement, in conserving local bushland and the diversity of flora and fauna it supports. This will be achieved through the provision of regular educational activities targeting children aged 2-10 years and their families living in the Lane Cove area and surrounds. These activities will support attendees to develop a positive relationship with our bushland and encourage them to value bushland protection, whether at a personal or advocacy level. Over the next three years, it is our vision that LCBK will become a permanent feature of the Lane Cove area.

Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group (SURG) Inc.
Health of coral communities in the Solitary Islands Marine Park
Grant:  $34,164

Coral bleaching and poor coral health are phenomena associated with issues related to climate change. Widespread bleaching events have been recorded from Australian and overseas marine waters. Predictions are that the frequency and intensity of bleaching events will increase over coming decades. The Solitary Islands Marine Park has 96 species of 'hard corals' and forms the southernmost extensive areas of hard corals in eastern Australia. Compared to more northern areas in Australia the degree of coral bleaching has been minimal.  The project will collect baseline data on coral health over a three year period using a protocol developed by researchers from the University of Queensland. The data will be used as a measure against which future bleaching events in the area can be compared and thus improve the knowledge base that exists on coral communities locally.

Sustainable Living Armidale Inc.
I can do it! - living sustainably in our homes
Grant:  $14,720

The issue is unsustainable household behaviour and its impact upon greenhouse gas emissions, depletion of natural resources, and pollution.  Living in the challenging climate of Armidale - cold winters, hot summers and a 20-25 degree diurnal range - there is a particular need to address unsustainable household energy consumption and behaviour in local homes.  This needs to be via a holistic approach, including aspects of the physical structure of the houses, the skills needed to change and improve it, and the behaviour necessary to make it 'work'. We aim to teach the skills to enable people to make some of these changes, both physical and behavioural, to improve the 'climates' within their own homes that will reduce their energy usage and environmental impact.

Page last updated: 21 December 2011