Region’s natural environment and wildlife to receive boost

Community groups committed to supporting and improving Greater Geelong’s unique natural environment will share in $43,530 in funding to get their projects off the ground.

Council has awarded round two of the 2021-22 Environmental Sustainability Grants, ranging from $850 to $10,000, following recommendations from an independent assessment panel.

The Geelong Ballroom Dance Club received a $10,000 grant to power the Hamlyn Heights hall with a 22kW solar system.

A $8,580 grant will allow the Batesford, Stonehaven, Fyansford Landcare Group to continue weed control works and revegetation of indigenous plants with community members at the Moorabool River Reserve.

The SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre in Drysdale plans to use its $2,000 to build Bokashi gardens beds, which it will use to educate and encourage community members to recycle their food waste, with Bokashi buckets available for loan.

Other recipients include the Friends of Ramblers Road, Geelong West Community Garden Group, Mark Jukic Ceres Community Association, Springdale Community Garden and the Koala Clancy Foundation.

At the May council meeting, council approved the updated 2022-23 Grant Guidelines, which include the introduction of the new Climate Change Partnership Grants.

This stream will support projects that will help Greater Geelong achieve net zero community emissions, while increasing resilience to climate change impacts.

The 2022-23 Community Grants – such as Community Infrastructure, Climate Change, First Nations Cultural Heritage, Community Events, and Healthy & Connected Communities – will open on Saturday 4 June.

The grants team is available on 5272 5560 or email[email protected]

Councillor Jim Mason, Chair of the Environment portfolio

I commend the community groups for their passion to enhance our natural environment and drive the environmental sustainability goals of both council and the community.

The initiatives council is funding will make a tangible difference to our region and I thank the groups for their contributions to Greater Geelong.

Councillor Anthony Aitken, Chair of the Finance portfolio

Council was proud to support grass-roots groups through the Community Grants program.

Community groups are volunteer-run on a shoestring budget, which is why we hope these grants will relieve some financial pressure to deliver some very important projects.

There is more than $9 million in community grants and partnerships allocated in the Proposed 2022-23 Budget, as council sees immense value in investing in our community and supporting community-led projects.

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