Community Grants Scheme Funding Announced

Community Grants Scheme Funding Announced

Western Australia Minister for Environment Bill Marmion

$74,000 Awarded To Community Projects

Victor P Taffa

Six organisations have been awarded Community Grants Scheme funding to support a range of enabling projects, from worm farms to education in waste management.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion announced the recipients of Round Two grants and praised the variety and scope of community involvement.

“Waste reduction and recycling at the community level helps set a really important example to the community as to how everyone can improve environmental outcomes.” Mr. Marmion said.

The grants scheme provides support to community organisations engaged in small-scale projects consistent with the State Waste Strategy and emerging priorities. The grants are allocated by the Waste Authority and administered by Department of Environment and Conservation.

The 6 Projects Funded in Round 2 is:

  • Centre for Appropriate Technology – $20,000 – The project aims to assist two Kimberley communities implement and reinforce waste management plans to improve community cleanliness, tip maintenance and longevity, and recover recyclables;
  • East Fremantle Farm Inc – $4,910 – Establishment of community compost bays and worm farms to allow for organic waste in East Fremantle to be recovered and utilised;
  • Lions Club of Lancelin & Districts Inc – $14,000 – Project involves diversion from landfill of materials which can be recycled and sold, and distributing the proceeds to international, national and local appeals and projects;
  • Lockridge Community Garden – $9,830 – Working with Waste is a project that educates residents and establishes worm farms and compost bays into local households;
  • Murdoch Uni Sustainability Team (MUST) – $19,930 – Introduction of a take-away mug re-use scheme to significantly reduce the 365,000 take-away cardboard cups and plastic lids per annum currently sold from two cafe outlets. The take-away containers predominantly end-up in waste bins and ultimately landfill;
  • Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre Inc – $5,435 – Establishment of a community garden to promote composting, recycling and closed-loop organic gardening.