Council is encouraging kindergartens, schools and community groups in the shire to nominate a garden or environmental project as part of the Victorian Garden Competition.
Community members will be able to vote for their favourite initiative in the shire, one of which will win a $1,000 prize. One project from throughout the state will also receive the competition’s major $5,000 prize.
The competition is being organised by the Back to Earth Initiative, which shows us how what we put in our green bins at home can be turned into valuable compost that nourishes gardens and farms.
Material collected in kerbside food organics and garden organics bins (lime green lid) in Macedon Ranges Shire is processed into compost to be used on parks and gardens and on farms.
Mayor, Cr Janet Pearce encouraged the community to nominate projects for the garden competition.
“We know how much we all value the environment, parks and gardens in our shire. We know there are some great ideas in the community and this initiative aims to help spaces as well as to support schools, kindergartens and community groups,” Cr Pearce said.
“I encourage everyone to nominate and vote for these sorts of projects, which will have strong community and environmental benefit but which will need funding and support to bring them to life.”
Nominations will be open until 27 March. The voting phase will take place in April and May.
“By voting for and sharing your favourite projects, residents also help spread the message about the importance of correct bin use at home to create quality compost for farms, parks and gardens,” Cr Pearce said.
You can vote, support and share local projects online at The Back to Earth Initiative