Community projects awarded nearly $50,000 in funding

Published on 5 December 2018

Ku-ring-gai’s environmental levy will fund fourteen community-based environmental projects ranging from native bee hives to restorative work on creeks and local bushland.

Presented to individuals, schools and community groups at the Council meeting on 27 November, the Environmental Levy Grants are distributed each year as a way of delivering community-based projects in local neighbourhoods.

Twenty two applications were received for this year’s round of funding, with the Council nominating fourteen projects for grants worth $47,637.

Among the beneficiaries were Terrum-bine Bushcare group in Killara which received $4,471 to create habitats for native wildlife; $2,392 to WIRES North Shore to care for sick and injured native birds and animals; $3,000 to Pymble-Turramurra Pre-School to build a home for frogs and tadpoles and $4,564 for West Pymble Community Garden to maintain and extend their garden.

Among the more innovative grant recipients were Oded Prior who was awarded $5,000 for his Junkyard Beats musical workshop focusing on recycling & sustainability and transforming junk into musical instruments; and Kim Pearce, who received $2,500 for her Possibility Project, to promote an awareness of the impact of the fashion industry on the natural environment.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the number of applications reflected the popularity of the grants scheme.

“These are relatively small projects we are funding, but the cumulative effect on Ku-ring-gai’s environment is very positive,” she said.

She added that the next round of applications would open in mid-2019.

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