Project summaries - 2012 Environmental Education - state and local government grants

2012 Environmental Education - state and local government grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Access Macquarie LimitedHabitat stepping stones


Canterbury City CouncilSustainability in the CALD business community


Eurobodalla Shire CouncilBuilding community sustainability


Griffith City CouncilGet SepticSmart


Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain TrustSupporting public engagement in plant conservation using new media


Shellharbour City CouncilGrowing minds greening communities


6 projects



Access Macquarie Limited
Habitat stepping stones

This pilot project will create an engaging educational tool for Ku-ring-gai Council including an online map showing individual properties and existing wildlife corridors. Online information will include how property owners can add habitat features to create effective 'habitat stepping stones'between the corridors. Clicking an online pledge to include such habitat will result in the property being highlighted on the map and provided with a habitat stepping stone sign for the property's frontage. Extensive promotion including social networking initiatives will further increase community awareness and promote long-term behaviour change around urban wildlife habitat.

Canterbury City Council
Sustainability in the CALD business community

This project will provide support for food-based small-medium sized businesses in the Ashfield and Canterbury council areas to reduce waste, save energy and water and save money. Businesses from culturally and linguistically diverse communities will provided with tools, resources and information in their own language by an innovative methodology, utilising bilingual council staff to support conversations between participating businesses and project staff.

Eurobodalla Shire Council
Building community sustainability

The Building community sustainability project involves a building sustainability performance assessment of 50 community buildings in the Eurobodalla Shire. 100 plus user groups including sports clubs, youth groups, craft groups, the RFS, will be invited to take part in hands-on workshops that will improve the energy and water efficiency of their community buildings. Community members will be engaged to take pride in the sustainability performance of their buildings and apply what they have seen to their own homes. This will result in substantial energy and water savings in these buildings. Community building user groups and their networks will be encouraged to make save power pledges. Incentives and prizes will be awarded to the participating community group that generates the most save power pledges in their network.


Griffith City Council
Get SepticSmart

The Get SepticSmart project will educate householders and businesses who are not connected to a reticulated sewerage facility about operating and maintaining their onsite sewage management system (septic system) in a safe, sustainable and responsible manner. The project aims to reduce the number of pollution incidents caused by failing systems to help improve and protect the environment and the public’s health. The project includes conducting a workshop with key stakeholders, developing and distributing an education kit to approximately 3,500 residents and delivering a communication campaign in the Griffith local government area. The project will build evidence-informed practice that can be shared with other councils.

Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust
Supporting public engagement in plant conservation using new media

To produce unique Australian interpretive material for public exhibition for use in education programs to enhance visitor engagement with PlantBank, a $19.8 million plant science, conservation and education facility, currently being built at The Australian Botanic Garden (TABG) near Campbelltown. This project will complement existing TABG education programs and will foster community appreciation of the importance of scientific research into the diversity of Australian plants and their conservation challenges. By providing interpretation on eight real and tangible iconic Australian plant species and access through new media to the staff and functions of PlantBank, the public will develop knowledge and skills that empower them to become involved in, and contribute to, species conservation and habitat remediation.

Shellharbour City Council
Growing minds greening communities

Growing minds greening communities is a holistic community sustainability education program that will involve staff, children and parents from participating child care centres in the Shellharbour local government area. The program aims to address the issues of waste minimisation, water and energy consumption, biodiversity conservation and sustainable food production within child care centres and households, with a specific focus on engaging with centres and families from low socio-economic areas. The program will provide staff and parents with the skills and knowledge to reduce their impact on the environment and achieve real cost savings. The project also aims to provide children with a series of activities and experiences to develop respect, care and appreciation for the natural environment in fulfilment of the objective two of the Early Years Learning Framework.

Page last updated: 19 December 2012