From little things big things will grow – the art of giving
At Keep Victoria Beautiful (KVB), we recognise that even the smallest gift in the right hands can help create amazing social and environmental change.
Part of this recognition is the creation of the Gift Fund to support community groups throughout the state of Victoria who are taking action by starting a new project. These groups receive $1,000 from Keep Victoria Beautiful to assist them on their journey.
This year, KVB is proud to have seen a number of grassroots community groups commence new projects thanks to the Gift Fund.
Washed Up. Not Waste
“Washed Up. Not Wasted” is a project aiming to eliminate single-use plastics at Mt Martha Farmer’s Market. The initiative provided reusable cups and cutlery for all food stalls at the market.
Receiving the gift fund will assist the group to spread the model to other events in Mt Martha.
Daylesford College Green Team (DC Green Team)
Year 7-12 volunteers wanted to address environmental issues as a community, with group meetings being facilitated by a Sustainability Coordinator.
These meetings spurred preparation for projects such as a community tree planting day to help create a forested carbon sink, with the Gift Fund further assisting in facilitating these and other environmental community projects at the College.
The Turtle Bend Event Committee
The committee has been working to provide upgrades to community services in Turtle Bend park, including creating a basketball/netball half court and upgrading the 50-year-old toilet block.
The gift fund is intended to help pay for assessments and quotes for a bridge and creating park access across Native Hut Creek. In this way, the fund will help implement services that benefit the community.
The project “He(ART)BEAT of our Town: Courthouse Studio” aims to refurbish the Old Willaura Courthouse. It will be revitalised as a Studio Space for artists, aiming to attract exhibitions and art projects across Victoria. This project also intends to encourage performances and art based on local history, creating a sense of community, creativity and historical pride.
Dederang Primary School
The primary school will use the Gift Fund to minimise school waste.
Previously, the school developed a sorting system for waste including compost, soft plastics, recycling and general waste; as well as setting up a worm farm.
With the funds, the school aims to extend these projects and develop a waste transfer station to sort school waste more effectively.
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