Community Environment Alliance grants recipients plan for a sustainable community

Thursday, 07 June 2018

Council has approved grant funding for three local organisations that applied for support through the Borough of Queenscliffe Community Environment Association (CEA) grants program.

Grant funding of $6,800 in total will be provided to the Queenscliffe and District Neighbourhood House, St Aloysius Catholic Primary School and the Swan Bay Environment Association.

“Council is delighted to award the first round of our CEA grants,” said Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, Cr Susan Salter.

“We are so pleased to be able to provide funding for our local organisations to deliver these important projects, which will support everyone in our community to make change and deliver long term benefits for the wider Borough.”

The Queenscliffe and District Neighbourhood House’s ‘Boomerang Bags’ project aims to reduce the use of plastic bags in the community by providing the option of reusable fabric bags through local businesses. Members of the community will be invited to support the project by donating fabric and participating in sewing and stencilling workshops.

St Aloysius Catholic Primary School applied to the CEA grants program to fund their contribution to the ‘Kids Teaching Kids Local Conference 2018’, a one-day conference to be held in Queenscliff in September 2018 in which students from local and Geelong-based schools will teach each other about sustainability initiatives and environmental issues such as waste management, litter, water conservation and coastal vegetation.

The Swan Bay Environment Association will use their CEA grant funding to extend the successful Gardens for Wildlife program, which provides residents with advice on improving the ecological value of their garden. This phase of the project will target private properties adjacent to three public sites where weeding and planting of indigenous species has taken place. The project aims to ensure work at these public sites is not compromised by the spread of weeds from nearby gardens.

The recipients of Council’s 2017–18 Community Environment Association grants are listed below:

 

Organisation Grant Purpose
Queenscliffe and District Neighbourhood House $2,500 Boomerang Bags
St Aloysius Catholic Primary School $2,000 Kids Teaching Kids Local Conference 2018
Swan Bay Environment Association $2,300 Gardens for Wildlife – A Targeted Approach

  

The three successful projects will involve participation from a wide cross-section of the community, build knowledge, awareness and understanding of environmental issues, support individuals to connect with our environment, promote environmental leadership by Council and the Borough community, and support the ‘think globally, act locally’ approach to climate change.

Council’s CEA grants program was introduced to enhance and improve environmental sustainability in the local community. The program aims to support local not-for-profit organisations and groups to reduce carbon emissions and preserve the Borough’s natural environment, and facilitate innovative and creative projects to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Support the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Increase the energy efficiency of community buildings within the municipality;
  • Raise community awareness of climate change and the impacts it will have on our environment and way of life;
  • Increase recycling at public events;
  • Divert waste from landfill;
  • Increase community awareness on waste minimisation and correct waste disposal; and / or
  • Enable community members to gain new skills in relation to sustainability.

Applications for Council’s 2017–18 CEA grants program were invited for a six-week period beginning in early February 2017. The program was open to incorporated not-for-profit organisations whose principal activities are conducted within the Borough of Queenscliffe area, and to schools for non-infrastructure projects that are separate to the normal school curriculum. In keeping with the objective of sustainability and waste reduction, Council accepted grant submissions via an online form available on the Borough of Queenscliffe website, www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au.

The Community Environment Alliance is a group of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale residents, community organisations and businesses who are working together to reduce carbon emissions. For more information, head over to www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au/cea.