Project summaries - 2012 Environmental Education - community grants

2012 Environmental Education - community grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Australian Fishing Trade AssociationTackle shops taking on the fish habitat challenge


BirdLife AustraliaBirds in schools


Bundanoon Community Association Inc.Grow our own food for environmental sustainability and health


Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre Inc.Enhance community knowledge about changes in the marine environment


Earthwatch Institute AustraliaMarine climate change monitoring by citizen scientists


Motor Traders Association of New South WalesGreen Stamp Plus: sustainability for the automotive industry


Murrumbidgee Landcare Association IncorporatedConnecting young people and farming communities


Permaculture Hunter IncorporatedPermaculture workshop and Permablitz program


Skillset (Central West Group Apprentices Ltd)Natural landscape function for small rural lifestyle farmers


9 projects



Australian Fishing Trade Association
Tackle shops taking on the fish habitat challenge

Bait and tackle shop operators are an integral part of the recreational fishing community and have a role to play in ensuring the ongoing sustainability and productivity of local fisheries. This project assists bait and tackle shop operators to have constructive and informative interaction with their recreational fishing clients about the importance of fish habitat and environmental restoration. It also fosters a ‘fish-friendly’ approach to engaging in local environmental issues affecting fish habitat. The project pilots a hands-on approach supported by web-based resources, and builds on an emerging capacity within the recreational fishing community to be actively involved in improving productivity of fisheries through habitat rehabilitation.

BirdLife Australia
Birds in schools

Birds in Schools aims to address the decline in birds and bird diversity in the local government areas (LGA) of Parramatta, Auburn, Ryde, Strathfield and Canada Bay by increasing bird-friendly habitat in primary schools. Through the development of a Stage 3 curriculum-based education program delivered through school excursions to the BirdLife Discovery Centre, incursions to local schools (including planting days), 'connected classroom' technology and teacher professional development, the project will increase knowledge and skills within schools which supports behaviour change to actively protect, restore and create bird-friendly habitat and improve bird diversity in the Parramatta River Catchment.

Bundanoon Community Association Inc.
Grow our own food for environmental sustainability and health

This project aims to increase the production and consumption of locally grown food by community members, in ways that promote both human and environmental sustainability and health. This will be done through building a ‘community of practice and peer support’ in local food growing, centred around the recently-formed Bundanoon Community Garden, and through helping community members to access much-needed education in how to do it well and sustainably. We will design and deliver a series of workshops as part of an action- learning curriculum that meets the needs of local people for growing food in one's own (or communal) backyard.


Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre Inc.
Enhance community knowledge about changes in the marine environment

This project will develop a free NSW Redmap smartphone/tablet application to allow the public to report their sightings of species while out playing and working in the marine environment, it will provide easy access to species descriptions, and reduce time spent recording data. Redmap, a web-based citizen science project, allows all users of the marine environment to report observations or catches of marine species outside of their normal distribution. Redmap raises public awareness about climate change impacts whilst valuing information held within the community, a complementary smartphone/tablet application will increase knowledge exchange and boost environmental awareness in the community.

Earthwatch Institute Australia
Marine climate change monitoring by citizen scientists

Earthwatch Australia will bring climate change scientists and the community together to develop the first long-term monitoring program for coastal biodiversity along the NSW coast under the national web-based climate change program Climate Watch Marine. Funding will provide marine educators with materials, training, a sampling framework and a feedback and reporting mechanism. The program will raise awareness in all sectors of society (specifically environmental community groups and youth) about the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on intertidal ecosystems through active participation of meaningful scientific data collection, leading to greater environmental stewardship in coastal communities.

Motor Traders Association of New South Wales
Green Stamp Plus: sustainability for the automotive industry

The Green Stamp Plus program educates and empowers small businesses in the automotive industry to not only meet their environmental legislative requirements, but to also exceed them, in the move towards a sustainable future. Green Stamp Plus helps small businesses in the motor industry by providing informative and relevant resources, raising awareness on environmental issues and technologies, offering training and providing advice on industry best practice, all of which actively facilitate behavioural shifts. Businesses that excel are also recognised through an Accreditation program and an annual award. Green Stamp Plus alerts businesses to what they need to do and then supplies the tools for this to be easily achieved.


Murrumbidgee Landcare Association Incorporated
Connecting young people and farming communities

This project will create activity and excursion templates/packages, including contact details for farmers who have offered their time and/or property for educational activities, for K-6 children in regional and rural schools. The activities will focus on key issues of sustainable agriculture and environmental management in their local community. This approach overcomes the significant hurdles that schools face in creating curriculum relevant activities and links young people in the mid Murrumbidgee Catchment with their local farming and Landcare community. The project will facilitate three farm visits in year one and six in year two to pilot those packages. A secondary aim of the project is to influence primary school children to choose pathways in high school that interface with the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE), leading on to vocational and tertiary training for agricultural and environmental roles in rural areas.

Permaculture Hunter Incorporated
Permacuture workshop and Permablitz program

The Permaculture workshop and Permablitz program, run by Permaculture Hunter, is a fun and practical way to educate people about Permaculture creating more sustainable lifestyles. The program achieves this firstly with our Introduction to Permaculture workshop that teaches productive food growing techniques; making and using compost; backyard chicken keeping; worm farming; and how to start a community garden. Secondly, the program will hold Permablitz events where the community gets together in a well-coordinated day to undertake conversions of gardens and open spaces into productive edible gardens with interpretive signage for educational purposes.

Skillset (Central West Group Apprentices Ltd)
Natural landscape function for small rural lifestyle farmers

This project will enable Skillset to deliver a one-day Natural Landscape Function Fundamentals workshop to some 50 rural lifestyle land owners around Bathurst, Orange, Mudgee, Cowra and Dubbo, to assist them to adopt sustainable land management practices that will reduce energy use, waste, salinity, erosion and other environmental impacts on their properties. In partnership with Rahamim Ecological Learning Community, Central West CMA and CENTROC, the workshops will assist participants to understand water – nutrient movement, salinity, erosion and wetlands; plants – what they do and how; and Ecosystem Function – the processes that regulate life.

Page last updated: 19 December 2012