Project summaries: 2013 Environmental Education - state and local government grants

2013 Environmental Education - state and local government grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Centennial Park & Moore Park TrustBush OOSH - a pilot study of bush schools for OOSH groups


GreenWay ProgramImplementing the GreenWay primary schools sustainability program


Queanbeyan City CouncilEngaging Googong in sustainable housing


Randwick City CouncilJoin the energy revolution


Rous WaterHands on for H2O - our water lab


Southern Cross UniversityClimate change and me: Empowering children and young people


University of Western SydneyBee aware of your native bees


Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC)Advancing sustainability leaders


8 projects



Centennial Park & Moore Park Trust
Bush OOSH - a pilot study of bush schools for OOSH groups

Bush OOSH (Out Of School Hours) is an exciting new Centennial Parklands education program run in partnership with Network of Community Activities. It engages children and educators from vacation and after-school care centres in nature-play activities designed to increase environmental awareness, confidence and knowledge. It will help OOSH centres to fulfil requirements of the 'My Time, Our Place' Framework for School Age Care, as well as giving participants a meaningful connection to a natural place. This 10-week, ten OOSH centres pilot study of the program will lead to development of resources to be used within OOSH and environmental education networks Australia-wide.

GreenWay Program
Implementing the GreenWay primary school's sustainability program

The GreenWay is a cycling, open space and urban bush corridor in Sydney's Inner West. Extending for 5 kilometres along Hawthorne Canal and the Inner West Light Rail, this regionally significant environmental corridor links two of Sydney's most important waterways, the Parramatta River and the Cooks River. For 15 years residents and four Inner West councils have been working together to implement the GreenWay vision. The GreenWay primary schools sustainability program uses the GreenWay as an outdoor classroom. It was piloted in three GreenWay schools during 2011-12. Its education qualities have been recognised in an award from the NSW Commission for Children and Young People and through its accreditation by the NSW Teachers Institute for use in primary schools. Funds will be used to implement the program in ten primary schools along the GreenWay.

Queanbeyan City Council
Engaging Googong in sustainable housing

This project is a rare and exciting opportunity to improve environmental outcomes for the biggest housing development in NSW, outside Sydney. Googong will be self-contained township near Queanbeyan and its 5,500 homes will host up to 15,000 residents by 2030. A free advisory service with an architect, workshops and online resources will increase home owners’ awareness and understanding of the environmental and cost benefits that can be achieved through sustainable design and building principles, empowering them to pursue their implementation with their builders and designers. Building the capacity, supporting and encouraging builders and council staff to facilitate sustainable building will ensure a holistic approach to this education and engagement project and success in creating a more sustainable township.

Randwick City Council
Join the energy revolution

The Energy Revolution is an energy efficiency program targeting householders that aims to widen the community's knowledge of skills and commitment to reducing energy consumption, their resultant greenhouse gas emissions and dealing with the concern over increasing power bills. As part of an action-based learning program over 12 months, the Energy Revolution will work with a trial group of 600 householders across Sydney's Eastern suburbs to help them reduce their home energy use by a measurable 20 per cent over the year.

Rous Water
Hands on for H2O - our water lab

An interactive science education facility for students, teachers and our Northern Rivers community. Through a series of self-led water experiments, participants are engaged and challenged to learn more about water and take action for sustainable water use. It is located at the local Environmental Education Centre, staffed by trained educators, and available for children and adults in school classes, community education programs and family groups on weekend and holiday open days. Teacher training workshops support further water science in schools. Video conferences reach out to more teachers and encourage students to share their sustainable water actions across our region.

Southern Cross University
Climate change and me: Empowering children and young people

This project will empower children and young people to act on climate change. Working towards the NSW 2021 goals, this project aims to strengthen local environments and communities by increasing opportunities for children and young people to be proactive in climate change education. This project is highly significant by giving youth in northern regional NSW a voice in the climate change debate and indeed ‘their’ associated education. The project engages youth (9-14 years, grades 5-9) through an action-driven process resulting in the development of the 'Climate Change & Me Challenge, Exhibition, Curriculum, Network & Dialogue for and by Children and Young People’ targeted at regional NSW (Northern Rivers) primary and secondary schools.

University of Western Sydney
Bee aware of your native bees

The Bee Aware of Your Native Bees program is a unique, experiential learning-focussed, environmental education program based across selected sites in Greater Western Sydney and Lithgow. The program aims to promote the conservation of native bees by building awareness of their existence and importance as pollinators, assessing current distribution, diversity and habitat preference, and increasing existing populations by the installation of artificial 'bee hotels'. The Bee Aware of Your Native Bees program will also host a regional bee symposium at the University of Western Sydney involving community, council, educators and academics, thus providing a platform for networking and ongoing and future projects.

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC)
Advancing sustainability leaders

Advancing Sustainability Leaders (ASL) is an innovative program for managers and emerging leaders in NSW local government. It develops the capacity of participants to become effective sustainability leaders and catalysts for change within their council and community to increase the delivery of leading practice water projects.  Up to 25 managers and emerging leaders from WSROC and Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) councils will take part in the program of: training; individual coaching; personal capacity assessments and feedback; guest speakers; professional development planning; mentoring and peer learning as they implement their water sustainability projects. Eligible councils are: Ashfield, Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Canada Bay, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Hunters Hill, Leichardt, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, Ryde and Strathfield.

Page last updated: 17 February 2014