SUSTAINABLE CITY OF THE YEAR 2017
As a regional centre, Latrobe City is a wonderful city with exciting and inspiring initiatives undertaken by both communities and the council. The Latrobe community has undertaken outstanding projects over the last couple of years and deserves to be this year’s 2017 Sustainable City of the Year. Congratulations Latrobe City.
DAME PHYLLIS FROST AWARD
Chris Lunardi is an incredible environmentalist. Apart from working in the environmental field for over 10 years, Chris has been instrumental in the Eynesbury Environmental Group by giving talks and leading bird walks.
ACTIVE SCHOOLS- COMMUNITY PROJECTS
St Louis de Montfort’s
Friends of the Aspendale Train Station
The instigation of Friends of the Aspendale Train Station has strengthened St Louis de Montfort’s position as a leading, exemplary, sustainable school. FATS works in partnerships with Kingston Council, Saint Louis de Montfort Primary School, Aspendale and Aspendale Gardens Primary, Yarrabah Special School and Aspendale North Kindergarten to build art work at the Aspendale station.
ATHOL ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL
Greater Dandenong’s most sustainable school
Athol Road Primary School takes great pride in promoting environmental sustainability and has achieved this through a number of environmental programs implemented by the school in recent years. Aside from integrating sustainability modules into the learning curriculum, two programs have recently been implemented which are the School Wetland Project and the Use LESS, Produce MORE programs. The school also recently installed a 50 kilowatt solar panel system. This system will produce 100% clean energy that will be used every day at the school, with any excess feedback going back into the grid.
CLEAN BEACH/ WATERWAYS- COMMUNITY PROJECTS
PORT PHILLIP BAYKEEPER
‘STREET TO SEA’ LITTER AUDIT
Port Phillip Baykeeper is an independent voice for Port Phillip Bay, working with Yarra Riverkeeper, Werribee Riverkeeper, schools, business, government, and community to protect swimmable, drinkable and fishable waterways. The Port Phillip Baykeeper ‘Street to Sea’ Litter Audit enables mapping a whole catchment to track sources and pathways for litter, including the small plastic items often overlooked in clean-ups.
World Mission Society Church of God
Worldwide Environmental Cleanup Campaign
The ‘Worldwide Environmental Cleanup Campaign’ has been replicated 3,766 times worldwide, by 2500 churches, in 175 countries, with over 2.5 million participants. In Victoria time period., volunteers contributed 3,293 hours collecting litter from polluted areas which amounted to 850 bags, a massive 4,710kg. On average 60-90 volunteers participate in each clean-up on a regular monthly basis.
COMMUNITY ACTION AND LEADERSHIP- COMMUNITY PROJECTS
The timber industry is vital to the economy of the Latrobe Valley and surroundings. The Australian timber Industry’s biggest event was held in Latrobe City from 11 to 16 April 2016. The Traralgon Football and Netball Club worked extremely hard to ensure that the event was well catered for and is an example of amazing community spirit.
UTSAV MALAYALEE SAMAJ
Trees for Life on the Kororoit Creek
The Trees for Life group has performed exceptional work planting and weeding on the Kororoit Creek banks. The group is creating community awareness and civic pride and connecting with other local environment groups. Many of the group members worked on environmental issues in India and are enthusiastic to connect with the natural environment in Caroline Springs.
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY- COMMUNITY PROJECTS
The Boulevard Salon in Latrobe valley is sending less waste to landfill under a unique ‘Foil Back’ program designed to recycle aluminium foil and tubes. The Boulevard’ salon in Morwell was the first hairdresser in the Latrobe Valley to participate in the new ‘Foil Back’ program.
Darebin Information Volunteer Resource Service
Urban Food Programme – Harvesting the Urban Orchard
In consultation with stakeholders, DIVRS engaged with the concept and development of scoping an Urban Orchard. DIVRS created a digital data collection methodology to manage growth and understanding of its tree resources, named Mapping the Urban Orchard. The
DIVRS wrote with its volunteer programme, Darebin Fruit Squad an eBook, ‘Harvesting the Urban Orchard’ which is available to download for free. The guide provides communities with a sustainable model that shows how to harness this resource, build community and redistribute fresh food to people in need.
PROTECTION OF ENVIRONMENT- COMMUNITY PROJECTS
FRIENDS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDENS
Friends of Australian Botanic Gardens volunteers
The Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton, formerly the ‘Kialla tip’, is a 22.6 hectare parcel of land off Riverview Drive. In 1987, the site ceased to be used as a rubbish tip and rehabilitation commenced soon after. The site has been landscaped, paths constructed and a viewing platform has been built which gives views right across Shepparton and beyond. More than just a capped unused landfill, this space has evolved into a diverse Botanic Garden. Many native and indigenous plants have been planted and are growing well. Recycling plays a huge part in the garden. Tonnes of recycled concrete, slabs and bricks have been gathered from the Transfer Station and used at the Gardens. In the food garden, the edging has been constructed using old railway sleepers. Plants are also recycled, being propagated on site.
Eynesbury Environment Group
An Environment Group is born at Eynebsury
The group began in 2016 by one resident volunteering to set up a Facebook page (Eynesbury Bird Enthusiasts) and another resident volunteering to guide monthly bird walks. Bi-monthly walks continue in 2017 and there are now 116 members in the group. Ten to twenty people attend the bird walks bi-monthly. The bi-monthly walks in an Eynesbury forest led by Chris Lunardi aims to connect residents to the forest and provide a strong voice for the forest’s continued protection. The Eynesbury Environment Group sees itself as playing an increasing role in raising community awareness and advocacy for the forest.
YOUNG LEADERS- COMMUNITY PROJECTS
The litter awareness campaign ‘Enjoy it. Don’t destroy it!’ was designed and led by Joshua Szabo, a VCAL student at Lavalla Catholic Secondary College. As part of the campaign, Josh and other students developed a new anti-littering sign as part of the ‘Enjoy it. Don’t destroy it!’ project. The project was nominated for the 2017 Victorian VCAL ‘Community Link’ Award.
SUSTAINABLE COUNCIL AWARD
The City of Greater Dandenong’s five projects entered into the council Awards were outstanding. In particular, their projects shined in the fields of resource recovery and waste management, litter prevention and environmental sustainability.
COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIPS- COUNCIL PRJECTS
MOE RAIL PRECINT REVITALISATION PROJECT
The Moe Rail Precinct Revitalisation Project is an exciting, long term urban renewal project. Latrobe City Council has recently delivered the first stage which includes a library, community meeting rooms, Council services centre, cafe, community kitchen, maternal and child health and consulting rooms, a large public plaza and public access green roof. Latrobe City Council has delivered a world class facility in regional Victoria that will benefit the Moe and broader Latrobe Valley community for decades to come.
LITTER PREVENTION- COUNCIL PROJECTS
CITY OF GREATER DANDENONG
When creating the litter section of City of Greater Dandenong (CGD) Waste and Litter strategy, the Litter Action Taskforce identified cigarette butt litter as a key area for improvement. CGD gained a cigarette butt costume and rebranded the character #msnobutts.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION- COUNCIL PROJECTS
Melton City Council
Saving Endangered Species By Repurposing Mt Cottrell Recreation Reserve
In 2006 Spiny Rice-flower was discovered and areas of remnant endangered grassland at the Mt Cottrell Recreation Reserve. Melton City Council has worked hard to transform the area into an Environmental Reserve with a Trust for Nature covenant. Melton City Council is developing a landscaping plan and considering the educational opportunities on the site.
RESOURCE RECOVERY AND WASTE MANAGEMENT- COUNCIL PROJECTS
Concerns associated with a detrimental impact on both the local amenity and environment prompted the City of Greater Dandenong council into introducing a number of initiatives. The council run two very successful Pop-Up Drive-thru Recycle Days and a HomeCycle Collection from the kerbside of residential areas.
CULTURAL HERITAGE- COUNCIL PROJECTS
The City of Melton has a rich farming history and dry stone walls are a remnant of this. Now in a growth area, the historic dry stone walls are threatened by urban development, community ignorance, and loss of stone for rock crushing and urban landscaping. For 13 years Melton City Council has preserved and celebrated the local dry stone walls.