Dissemination program

Adding value to Environmental Trust grants

The dissemination program collaborates with grantees to add value to successfully completed grant projects.

The aim of the program is to extend the knowledge and experience gained through previous grants to a wider audience, and distribute innovative environmental resources from these projects throughout NSW.

Research reports

From time to time the Environmental Trust commissions research into a particular topic to gain a greater understanding of specific environmental issues. While this research is primarily undertaken for the Trust, the findings may have relevance for others working in the specific areas of focus and the Trust is keen to share these as broadly as possible.

The Trust asks that any third parties who wish to use the information contained within any of the reports contact the Trust first for approval.

Current dissemination projects

The Trust currently funds a diverse range of dissemination projects. An archive of completed projects is also available. For more information on any of the projects listed below please call (02) 8837 6093.

Project name Project leader ProductParticipants
Multicultural aquatic champions Greater Sydney Local Land Services Peer education program and community champion training, schools resource package, webpages CALD community groups, boating and fishing community/industry organisations, local and state government, schools
Guide to measuring short-term changes in natural resource management CSIRO Assessment guide, data to be fed into the Atlas of Living Australia, presentations Land managers, Local Land Services, state government, Greening Australia and other relevant organisations
School environmental art guide SD Environmental Management Guidelines, case studies, lesson plans, teacher training and evaluation materials Community and school environmental educators, art professionals and industry representatives, local and state government
Koala movement and use of regenerated bushland Office of Environment and Heritage Forums, factsheets, website and community liaison Landowners, local, state and federal government and the community

Greater Sydney Local Land Services
Multicultural Aquatic Champions

This dissemination project builds on a successful grant managed by Greater Sydney Local Land Services that promoted the importance of protecting aquatic habitat to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) boaters and fishers. The project will implement the multicultural aquatic champions peer education program; train interested members of two CALD language communities who are already engaged in boating and fishing to be aquatic champions; and deliver key messages on how to care for the aquatic environment to their peers and broader communities. A complementary, NSW school curriculum-linked education resource package will be developed and distributed to selected schools.

Guide to measuring short-term changes in natural resource management (NRM)

The CSIRO completed a Trust-funded research project to assess short-term ecological change in the condition of Box Gum Grassy Woodland sites managed for biodiversity and conservation values. They successfully identified short-term indicators (such as the abundance of litter invertebrates) that can detect improvements in two years and be reliably applied by land managers. This dissemination project will develop and disseminate a guide to assessing short term change in ecological condition of grassy woodlands in NSW, detailing how to collect and interpret data against the identified indicators and input them into an appropriate online citizen science application. Additional research will also be undertaken to revalidate the short term indicators over a longer period of six years.

SD Environmental Management
School Environmental Art Guide

This dissemination project will develop, pilot and disseminate a guide to running recycled environmental art projects targeting school students and their communities. This arises from the grant-funded Environmental Schools Sculpture Prize project, in which grantee Woollahra Council developed curriculum-linked resources and teacher training. The guide will support councils and other organisations to use more rigorous and learning-based approaches in delivering school recycled environmental art projects. It will draw on the experiences and resources from the previous grant, coupled with other best practice examples and practices.

Office of Environment and Heritage
Koala movement and use of regenerated bushland

Liverpool Plains Land Management Committee completed a Restoration and Rehabilitation project that undertook a number of research elements that analysed koala behaviour. The project not only showed the benefit of long-term landscape restoration works to koalas but it also made some observations about the types of plantings and the best layout for koalas. This dissemination project will provide critical information on koala movement to a range of organisations that may have an impact on the koala such as local farming communities, mining companies, catchment management authorities and local councils, and who want to know what their obligations are under State Environment Planning Policies. The project will effectively close the knowledge gap in NSW about how koalas move through the environment and dispel some long held myths around Koalas. The project will deliver two koala forums and publish the findings of these forums in an online e-book. It will also produce three audience-specific factsheets on koala protection and population movement.

Completed dissemination projects

An archive of earlier completed projects can be viewed on the Dissemination Archive Listing.

Project nameProject leaderOutcomes
Habitat stepping stones Access Macquarie Ltd Redeveloped website, plant lists for each participating LGA, leaflets, 200 pledges across participating LGAs and detailed recommendations
Aged care: caring for the environment SD Environmental Management Guideline, information sessions and online interactive introduction to the guideline
Wild about seabirds Australian Seabird Rescue Manual, DVD and fold-out pocket guide
Securing a sustainable food future Regional Development Australia - Northern Rivers Toolkit, workshops, discussion group and individual council projects
Dam management - improving biodiversity and water quality NSW Department of Primary Industries Training and workshops
Nutrient dynamics in riverine estuaries Office of Environment and Heritage Conference and workshop
Stop salvinia strangling our waterways Department of Primary Industries Field manual, four accredited training workshops and four field days, establishment of 39 biological control sites
Switched on energy conservation in NSW environmental education centres Illawarra Environmental Education Centre Teaching program, school visits, conference presentation
Coastal ambassadors - protecting our coast Pittwater Council Brochure, workshops and seed funding
Mentoring – expanding sustainability knowledge Central West Regional Organisation of Councils Mentoring program and guide to mentoring
More little green steps - sustainability for early childhood Early Childhood Environmental Education Network(ECEEN) Resources to support the National Quality Standards, networks, workshops, and mentoring
Predicting and preserving preferred habitat Bangalay (Ecological and Bushfire) Six articles and a fact sheet
Regenesis – expanding the vision of future proofing NSW Blacktown City Council Workshops and toolkit
Sharing the knowledge - traditional burning Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council Workshops and mentoring

Access Macquarie Ltd
Habitat Stepping Stones

This project furthered the benefit of the original Habitat Stepping Stones project by working with Bankstown, City of Sydney, Pittwater, the Hills Shire and Parramatta councils to engage their residents about habitat creation. Access Macquarie Ltd redeveloped the original website which provided information on how to create wildlife-friendly stopovers and invited residents to pledge to create a habitat stepping stone, which was represented by a bird placed on a map on the website.

Residents made 200 pledges and planted 774 plants across the five council areas. The grantee conducted a strong evaluation and delivered a set of observations and recommendations which can inform future projects.

SD Environmental Management
Aged care: caring for our environment

This dissemination project built on a Trust-funded grant that developed resources to support staff development regarding environmental sustainability in aged care facilities. The dissemination grantee developed Making Sustainability Work: A guideline on how to use educational tools for sustainability They delivered presentations to aged care providers in NSW on how to use the guide to engage management and staff and achieve long term behavioural change. The grantee also developed an online learning module to introduce aged care facility staff to the topic and facilitate use of the guideline.

Australian Seabird Rescue
Wild about seabirds

Delivered collaboratively with a range of NSW government and non-profit organisations, this project has produced a suite of high quality and practical resources for assisting injured, entangled or oil spill affected seabirds. The project trained more than 40 wildlife carers, and the final resources, including the “First Responders Resource Guide for Seabird Emergencies” book, a training DVD and a fold-out pocket guide, were launched during the Transport for NSW oil spill exercise in Port Kembla in August 2014. Based on feedback from the launch participants, the resources have already become useful reference guides for use in the field.

Regional Development Australia - Northern Rivers
Securing a sustainable food future

This project brought together a range of approaches to managing food resources developed through three Urban Sustainability grants. Northern Rivers RDA developed a complete food security kit to assist councils working with the community to address social and environmental challenges related to food. The kit provides resources to help establish and manage community gardens, farmers markets and roadside stalls, as well as sourcing sustainable catering and reducing waste.

Six workshops were held for local councils across the state to convey the key messages on food security and to promote the availability and use of the toolkit. An online discussion group has been established to facilitate networking and knowledge sharing between workshop members and anyone interested in running a food program. Finally, three councils involved in the original Urban Sustainability grants completed grant-funded initiatives: Coffs Harbour Council held a food industry networking event hosted by celebrity gardener Costa Georgiadis for local growers, wholesalers, restaurateurs and retailers; Wollongong City Council developed verge garden guidelines which are included in the food security kit and Clarence Valley Council held a forum to help the local food industry improve their profile, quality and distribution networks, with UK food cooperative expert Chris Walsh as keynote speaker.

NSW Department of Primary Industries
Dam management - improving biodiversity and water quality

This project has made more widely available a handbook developed by the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority and DPI to improve water quality in farm dams. The project delivered nine workshops across the state, successfully training 26 NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and former Catchment Management Authority (CMA) representatives and reaching 239 farmers and land managers. These stakeholders now have a better understanding of biodiversity and healthy dam management, including an increased awareness of the benefits of improved water quality on livestock production. The grantee extended the value of the project by creating ongoing linkages with Hunter Valley miners through the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue, raising awareness of the need to manage farm dams and mine voids into the future.

Office of Environment and Heritage
Nutrient dynamics in riverine estuaries

This project brought together researchers and policy makers in the fields of hydrology, biogeochemistry, ecology, and geology to assess the current state of understanding of nutrient dynamics in Australian riverine estuaries, identify areas of research priority for the future, and facilitate interactions between scientists and decision-makers. During a conference and workshop, these multi-disciplinary experts shared their knowledge and contributed to identifying up to date knowledge of, and future priorities for, riverine estuary management options. The grantee produced a document outlining the conference proceedings, and the work of one of the participants has been published in a specialist modelling journal.

Department of Primary Industries
Stop salvinia strangling our waterways

This highly successful project developed a practical field manual and training to give weed personnel and land managers a better understanding of appropriate measures to effectively control salvinia, a weed of national significance. Over 100 people have been trained to use the salvinia weevil as biocontrol and 450 weed officers have received the high quality and practical field manual. Mentoring support has seen 39 biological control sites established around the state. As well as combatting this invasive species, the project has extended the region in which the salvinia weevil is an effective biocontrol tool; namely from Sydney to Moruya on the south coast.

Illawarra Environmental Education Centre
Switched on energy conservation in NSW environmental education centres

Illawarra Environmental Education Centre recently completed an Eco-schools grant in which they developed information material and a trailer that visited schools. The trailer and the materials focussed on getting teachers and students switched on to how energy works and ways to conserve energy both at school and at home. This dissemination project will bring together knowledge and resources to help improve, sustain and create an environment where students and teachers are aware of energy and how simple it is to teach students about new ways of conserving energy both at school and at home. The trailer will visit 50 schools across NSW to deliver energy wise materials and training, and to promote the availability of Environmental Trust Eco-schools grants as a source of funding for schools to undertake projects of this nature. The project will also engage with and encourage other Environmental Education Centres across the state to take on similar programs through a presentation at the Environmental Education Conference and the development of an iBook and ITunes U course.

Pittwater Council
Coastal ambassadors - protecting our coast

Pittwater Council through its Coastal Environment Centre recently completed an Education grant that worked in partnership with Surf Life Saving Northern Beaches to train volunteers/ambassadors at a combination of workshop sessions, hands-on field trips and visits to rock platforms and sandy beaches. The ambassadors then shared their knowledge and promoted responsible enjoyment of the coastal environment to others in their club or group through contributions to club newsletters, environmental events and initiatives such as beach clean-ups. In NSW there is over 2,100 kilometres of coast line to enjoy, manage and protect. This dissemination project will provide Surf Living saving clubs with an opportunity, through a series of 20 training events, to gain valuable skills and have access to resources to implement positive environmental initiatives.

Central West Regional Organisation of Councils
Mentoring - expanding sustainability knowledge

There were two main components to this mentoring program, the expansion of the existing mentoring program to councils across regional New South Wales and the development of resources and guidance materials on how to run a peer to peer mentoring program. This project provided six mentees from councils in regional New South Wales with access to consultants to mentor them through a journey that enhanced their ability to undertake sustainability initiatives in their council area. The mentors and mentees have committed over 60 hours each to the process over the six months that the program ran and gained a better understanding of how to approach council management to achieve their sustainability goals. The peer to peer mentoring guide will continue to assist mentoring programs to be delivered within individual councils. The guide brought together the experiences and knowledge of those involved in the above mentioned mentoring process. It provided a step by step process for carrying out a mentoring program and templates to assist with the implementation of each stage of the program.

Early Childhood Environmental Education Network (ECEEN)
More little green steps - sustainability for early childhood

The NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network (ECEEN), delivered teachers’ kits, workshops and meetings across the Hunter, Penrith, Parramatta and Hornsby regions as part of the More Little Green Steps Dissemination project. The project developed resources to complement the teachers’ kits and which assist early childhood centres to address National Quality Standards and Framework (NQS) criteria, against which they are now assessed and rated. Follow-up advice and assistance was provided through networking and mentoring to childcare and family day care co-ordinators across the four regions, including two-day workshops which were attended by 108 participants. Pre and post-workshop surveys documented an increase in participants’ knowledge and subsequent development and implementation of practical sustainability actions. The follow-up mentoring offered to more than 16 services helped to consolidate learning and change, facilitated information-sharing between participants and supported services in embedding environmental sustainability into their operations and curriculum.

Bangalay (Ecological and Bushfire)
Predicting and preserving preferred habitat

Given the rate of species extinction within Australia, there is an increasing need to improve land managers' and consent authorities' understanding of preferred habitat for rare and cryptic plant species. This project promoted a model that can used to assist in predicting the likely habitat of cryptic plant species. Six articles have been published in relevant journals, magazines and newsletters, including Australasian Plant Conservation, Ecological Consultants Association and the LandLink Newsletter. A fact sheet was also developed for land managers and distributed to 170 people from Catchment Management Authorities, councils and other consent authorities. This provided land managers with a better understanding of appropriate measures to take when determining whether or not a particular species is present during conservation assessments. Given the rate of species extinction within Australia, there exists an increasing need to improve land managers' and consent authorities' understanding of preferred habitat for rare plant species. The proposed dissemination project will promote modelling that can assist in predicting habitat of cryptic plant species, through six articles in relevant journals and magazines and the development of a fact sheet (PDF 883KB) for local land manager. This will give local government, state government and other land managers a better understanding of appropriate measures to take when determining whether or not a particular species is present during conservation assessments.

Blacktown City Council
Regenesis - expanding the vision of future proofing NSW

Regenesis is a model for planning and planting locally native forests that create additional revenue for landholders to establish and maintain vegetation. The Dissemination project took the resources from the initial grant and developed a three-tiered model of implementation to allow other councils and landholders to set up future revegetation works to be eligible for carbon trading. Seven workshops were conducted across the state that attracted 107 participants, with 96 percent of participants reporting that the workshop gave them a good understanding of the Regenesis project. When surveyed 20 participants undertook additional research in to Carbon Farming Initiatives. 10 workshop participants continued to seek mentoring advice and support after the workshops. It was also highlighted in the post workshop survey that five participants have formed partnerships with other organisations and have undertaken planting activities using the model. An unexpected and positive outcome resulting from this program was that the staff delivering the workshops have also realised a benefit through the interactions with other sectors which has enhanced their approaches to carbon sequestration.

Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council
Sharing the knowledge - traditional burning

Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) worked in conjunction with the Environmental Trust funded Hotspots program and the Rural Fire Service to develop fire management plans for sites of cultural significance. The fire management plans incorporated traditional burning practices which would assist to reduce the incidence of damaging high intensity fires.

The Dissemination project will allow Darkinjung LALC to share the knowledge and skills gained through the initial grant with other Aboriginal communities in the Hunter Region. This project will provide four Aboriginal Land Councils with an opportunity to incorporate traditional burning practices into their land and fire management. Training will be conducted through eight workshops and then through mentoring support over a six month period.

Page last updated: 14 November 2018