State Finalists

Albany 2016 State Winner logo – please ask Mu through her manager.  Also category winners’ logos needed.

Albany
Collie
Greenbushes
Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Miling
Newman
Port & South Hedland

NB:  Text needs to be reduced to about 520 words for the State Winner and 170-200 words for others above.  (complete reports imported below).   See last year’s winners’ book (under 2015 / Publications / TT Winners Book 2015 Final / for concept.Please note that some state finalists for 2016 winners are finalists in several categories. If so, please try not to double-up exact text on project descriptions here.

ALBANY

State Finalist: Young Legends

Bush Ranger Cadets

Albany Secondary Education Support Centre’s group of thirteen Bush Ranger cadets[1] identify as having either an intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairment (or combination). Through the cadet program, they learn about environmental sustainability, gain confidence, and make a valuable contribution to the community.

Some of their project work includes:

regular litter and other rubbish clean ups at Salmon Holes, and other beaches;
photo-monitoring with Department of Fisheries at Salmon Holes;
weed eradication in various locations in Albany;[2]
tree-planting on National Tree Day;
fundraising in order to purchase 20 first aid kits to send to schools overseas;
regular voluntary work at Camp Quaranup, Strawberry Hill Farm and Hawthorn House.

This year some of the cadets marched in the Troop March on ANZAC Day and the cadets also attend camps and events where they learn about local and indigenous history, bush survival and recycling.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category:

Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and Local Drug Action Group (LDAG) activities
Efforts of Dominic Brain, aged 19
Headspace (16-25 year olds)

State Finalist: Environmental Sustainability

The City of Albany has an outstanding commitment to fostering nature conservation and water and energy efficiencies. Its carbon reduction strategy and action plan is aimed at reducing energy use within City-owned buildings. So far this includes building audits, energy audits and investigating renewable energy options including the feasibility of development of an electric highway from Perth to Albany and Albany to Margaret River.

The City has also adopted a ‘clean, green and sustainable’ mantra to its vehicle fleet: there are six battery and hybrid electric vehicles and as a matter of policy, all passenger vehicles have reduced engine sizes and no more SUVs will be purchased.

In 2012 the City of Albany implemented the first stage of the Hunter central irrigation system[3] across the network of parks and playing fields in the City to reduce water and energy usage and increase labour efficiencies. Since June 2014 the system has been included in all new developments which require watering of surfaces. This includes the Town Square; Heritage Park – Princess Royal Forts; and the Centennial Park Sporting Precinct which is currently undergoing a $20 million redevelopment. The level of the new playing surfaces is being raised 30cm as a result of new sub-structure which includes significantly improved drainage. This will allow excess water from storm events to drain back into Yakamia Creek.

Overall water conservation efficiencies include:

a 25 per cent reduction in the amount of water being sprayed onto the synthetic hockey surface;[4]
waterwise plantings in median strip upgrades, parks and gardens and in residential estate entry statement gardens;[5]
waterwise plantings in the garden beds in the York Street as part of its upgrade;
drought tolerant and deciduous tree planting (for shade in summer and light in winter) at the Eyre Park playground.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category:

King River Restoration (many activities)
City’s weed control, redefining 4WD tracks, revegetation
Yakamia Creek – Living Stream Project
Rehabilitation of motocross track
Foreshore restoration at Lower King
Upgrades at Albany Heritage Park
Support to various groups by City
Greenskills jobs
Green Army
South Coast Natural Resource Management activities
Education initiatives
Battery and hybrid vehicle fleet and a carbon reduction strategy for the City
Solar panels, LED lighting, bio-fuel

 

State Finalist: Environmental Education

Waste Education Grant Program – Cleanaway / City of Albany Partnership

Cleanaway recently provided the City of Albany with $100,000 to be used to deliver a range of education programs as follows:

A free and easy to use phone app to provide answers relating to waste minimisation, disposal and recycling by providing quick answers including:

what, where, how to recycle
tips, ideas and advice for upcycling
reducing and reusing waste

In conjunction with Tip Shop upgrades:

new artwork and marketing materials are being developed to deliver a branded awareness raising program around recycling and waste
a comprehensive package of education tools and materials is being developed for events
event equipment

Three community art projects incorporating awareness on waste and the environment:

interactive mandala wheel using brightly coloured items collected from the Tip Shop
evening sundowner in Town Square with pop-up lounge room using items from Tip Shop
creation of large canvas artworks at YouthFest based on the theme of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’. The artworks will be displayed in the Tip Shop to create awareness about reducing waste.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category:

Cleanaway activities (school presentations, local newspaper messaging, displays at local fairs, expos, agricultural shows, auditing process of individual bins and excursions to the AWARE Centre (or delivery of incursions).
Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre Community Garden
Greenskills Great Southern Sustainable Living Festival
South Coast NRM activities
School programs
Young naturalists’ activities
Albany painted by internationally acclaimed street artists[6].

 

Other: Heritage & Culture

Noongar Heritage

Situated in the heart of the city between the historic Albany Town Hall and Albany Public Library, Albany's Town Square is a modern and vibrant central space for the whole community to enjoy. It is used as an informal community space as well as the prime location for community gatherings and small scale events. This dynamic site is continually being upgraded and etchings outlining significant aspects of the lives of the Menang people have recently been affixed to wooden seats. This complements the statue of Mokare in Allison Hartman Gardens on York Street and other interpretative elements of Aboriginal culture in Albany.

Apart from installations, contemporary and traditional Aboriginal cultural heritage has been promoted through a range of recreational, cultural and environmental activities. The Woombadin Koolyerah (strong and proud) program aims to connect Noongar youth with the Elders with a focus on improving physical activity, school attendance, self-esteem and leadership skills. The students attend workshops and camps and, in order to reach as many students as possible, a different group of 20 students participate each term.

The Bella Kelly Retrospective Exhibition (an initiative of Albany’s Vancouver Arts Centre) was held from 24 March – 4 June 2016 and featured 51 paintings borrowed from private and public collections. This strong Noongar woman was born in 1915 and died in 1994. Bella lived in times of immense change and adversity and the exhibition is a reflection of both art and community history was born from community response to the Carrolup Exhibition of 2014, and is the first retrospective exhibition by a female Noongar artist.

Other projects/activities/groups which support your town in this category.

Snake Run[7] skatepark heritage listing during a weekend of celebration.
Planned Charles Darwin Project at Ellen Cove
ANZAC Commemorations
Festivals, car races, events including NAIDOC week and Harmony Day.

 

Other: Community Action & Wellbeing

Universal access and all abilities play space

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) has recently installed state of the art viewing platforms and upgraded pathways at The Gap and Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park.  These cutting-edge upgrades were installed to provide safe and accessible views of stunning natural features for walkers and people in wheelchairs.

The City’s Access and Inclusion Plan ensures that people with disability can access City of Albany services and events, as evident in the upper York Street development and universal access in the town square.

Social inclusion and muscle development are core outcomes for children using the new ‘all abilities’ play space at Eyre Park. Features include musical and sensory components and art works; some custom made equipment; flying fox; an internal pathways for universal access; and wall surrounds utilizing embankments on site.

There is significant outreach to people of all abilities through employment of an intellectually challenged person to manage the composting facility and wheelchair access within the Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre’s Community Garden. Soon to be relocated, it continues to provide a valuable niche in the community through its many programs including a weekly children’s program; open garden sessions for volunteers to garden, compost, learn about seed saving and propagation; social enterprise the Heritage Apple Festival; and monthly produce swap.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category:

Upper York Street civic heart infrastructure upgrades
Centennial Park Sporting project (new fields and pavilions)
Playground renewal (eight sites)
Safety barrier at Ellen Cove
Trails Hub Project
Local Community Group activities
Youth Activities
School/Community Links
Salmon Holes at Easter Project (DPAW, Fisheries, South Coast NRM, Recfishwest and City of Albany).
Support of other communities
Urban art and paintings
Events and Men’s Shed construction

 

Other: Litter Prevention and Waste Management

Litter Prevention and Waste Management – Waste Sustainability Officer

The City of Albany has appointed a Waste Sustainability Officer whose key focus is to implement the waste strategic plan.  There is an education component in the role which is designed to increase community engagement and develop corporate alliances.  There is a strong partnership with the Cleanaway Education Officer.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category:

Materials Recovery Facility (expanded capacity for receivables and new Eddy Current machine) and Tip Shop upgrade
Appointment of Waste Sustainability Officer
Clean up Australia Day
Sea Shepherd beach clean-ups (Tangaroa Blue).

[1] The unit is largely funded by Cadets WA and has received grants from Lotterywest.

[2] This is generally completed independently, but sometimes in conjunction with other entities, such as the City of Albany Bush Care team and Rio Tinto Conservation group.

[3] The Hunter system includes a central computer located in the works depot which monitors the parks and playing fields. Each park has an irrigation controller which monitors the system through moisture and flow sensors. The controllers adjust the run time of each sprinkler according to the moisture levels in the ground. The flow sensors also detect leaks in the system and have the capacity to shut down the system if a leak is detected. The solar sync system at each site measures local sunlight and temperature and adjusts the controllers daily run times accordingly. In the event of rain the system automatically shuts down. The central computer system is also linked to the technician’s iPad, giving him the convenience of remote operation of the system.

[4] This has the obvious benefits of reducing water usage but is also inhibiting algal growth on the surface and will increase its life expectancy.

[5] The upgrades of median strips continued along North Road and Albany Highway during the past year, and features removal of shrubby vegetation, which is being replaced by waterwise plants and brick paving. In addition to the obvious waterwise benefits, the upgrades mean the safety of council staff is not compromised when working on the median strips.

[6] http://www.albany.wa.gov.au/news/albany-painted-by-internationally-acclaimed-street-artists

[7] http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/feb/16/the-snake-run-veterans-australias-oldest-skatepark-turns-a-gnarly-40

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-12/snake-run-skate-park-in-albany-wa-gets-heritage-listing/7161800; http://www.countryartswa.asn.au/blog-the-snake-run-project-in-albany/

 

COLLIE

State Finalist: Litter Prevention & Waste Management

The Shire of Collie’s introduction of the third bin to accept organic waste has been a great success. The amount of material recycled in April (the first month of operation with the third bin) was 94.80 tonnes, or 52 per cent of collected waste (up from 17 per cent in July 2015). The Greenhouse gas reduction from composting organic waste instead of landfilling was 1.401 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per tonne of organic waste. This result was achieved three years earlier than was predicted. This means that the State set target of 50 per cent diversion from landfill by the year 2020 is already being met by the Shire for its kerbside bin services. In addition to the pleasing volume, auditing found that the organic waste collected locally was cleaner than that of other centres, requiring less handing.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

Battery and light bulb e-waste collection points.
Waste Transfer Station activities.
Collie Tidy Towns Committee’s purchase and distribution of 500 personal ashtrays and car litter bags.
Rotarians’ litter pickups.
Individuals and groups organising pickups at local beauty spots.

 

State Finalist: Environmental Education

Collie Rotary conducted a competition through local schools, which involved students developing environmental messages on posters. These were displayed in the local shopping mall as a double-sided display that stretched the entire length of the mall. A number of the posters were selected to be produced as banners, which were hung in Forrest Street for two months. The banners carried anti-littering messages and the Rotary and Keep Australia Beautiful logos. This artwork project drew a lot of positive response from Collie people, and showed the value of enlisting children to spread the word.

Other projects/activities/groups:

Recycling tips in newspaper column, Round the Town.

Community Garden kids’ days.
Bin your Butts personal ashtrays and car litter bags distributed through street stall, golf club and hotel.
Collie kids’ gardening club.

 

Other: Heritage & Culture

A new art gallery was opened in July 2015: the first purpose built ‘A class’ gallery since the WA Art Gallery was built 35 years ago. Run by volunteers with one paid manager, the gallery has been a shot in the arm for Collie culture. Friends of the Gallery helped in the planning and have undertaken training in curating and handling of collections. Friends also run the gallery, plan exhibitions both local and visiting, and organise workshops. From the first exhibition of Arthur Boyd, through the Noongar focused Pinjarra massacre exhibition, to exhibitions by local Collie artists and South West artists, the gallery has been a constant hum of activity.

Workshops have provided art education for people of a wide range of ages, with youth being a strong focus. In 2015 Collie was the overall winner of the Public Health Advocacy of Western Australia’s Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Awards 2015[1] and was awarded a special commendation for consultation with children.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

Men’s Shed opened ($150K Lotterywest; $150K Bendigo Bank; $30K Miners’ Welfare Fund)
Harmony Day
ANZAC Day
Australia Day
Collie Show
Christmas Pageant (4,000 participants)
Donnybrook cycle race memorial (91 years running) – re-creating memorial tiles to past winners
Collie’s coal discovery site memorial refurbishment
Tourist Coal Mine facelift
Lions Memorial rose garden relocated from CBD

 

Other: Community Action & Wellbeing

The CBD revitalisation project[2] has had a major impact on the centre of Collie. The new purpose built art gallery which opened in July. The gallery has brought a variety of exhibitions, and art classes including special projects for youth.

The establishment of the first part of Central Park, with a water park and playground has attracted many people to make use of the area on a daily basis. This was particularly evident at the annual Christmas Pageant, with stalls and a temporary outdoor cinema, powered by pedal power.

Formalised parking included new shaded bays for disabled and parents with young children. The rotunda was retained as a heritage feature and its style is matched in a new ablution block. The streets have been landscaped, and upgrades to median strips and kerbing have linked the town and universal access to the skate park.

A newly built Child Care Centre has enabled the old centre to be removed, paving the way for the second stage, which will include a native plant botanic garden, a popup kiosk and an amphitheatre with stage.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

Garden Competition
River Cleanups
Disability training and upgrades to paths
Planned installation of an adult change table at the Art Gallery
PCYC volunteers recycling bicycles
Collie Rotarians restoration of coal discovery site memorial
Upgrade Tourist Mine at Visitors’ Centre
Wildlife carer, Wendy Jarman’s work
Recycling by Anglicare, St Vincent’s and Red Cross
Soup and sandwich days at CWA (fundraisers and social)
Australia Day breakfast, citizenship awards
Harmony Day community event
ANZAC Day services, school and community
Collie Show
Christmas pageant
Cemetery garden upgrade
Belgian students visit to Collie

 

Other: Environmental Sustainability

The CBD revitalisation was designed with sustainable water use in mind, with waterwise plants, mulching, reticulation and the new water park equipped with an underground tank and purifying equipment to recycle the water. Elsewhere, bio filtration ensures that the removal of nutrients in the runoff to the nearby Collie River and automatic shut off taps in the new toilet facility and other public facilities conserve water use. Stage two of the new Central Park will feature a native botanic garden, with waterwise plants, all named and labelled as is the case in Kings Park.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

Energy: LED globes, timed light switches, solar panels at golf club.
Nature: Collie River revitalisation with Nardoo and Typha Dominica (Kumbungi) eradication.
Water: Bio filtration used in Forrest St and Collie Golf Club, which adjoins the Collie River. Tenders out for further bio filtration plant to be installed at the western end of Forrest St.
2.8 km extension of walking track finished by Rotary in collaboration with DPAW, Department of Transport and Shire.
Activities of the Weeds and Waterways Advisory Committee, including listing priority weeds for the shire (including cottonbush, Paterson’s Curse, St John’s Wort, Cape Tulip and blackberry.

 

Other: Young Legends

The Collie Senior High School’s 2015 ANZAC tour students have continued to be a dynamic presence in the town since they returned from their trip visiting French and Belgian battlefields of the Great War. They had undertaken a fundraising campaign to pay their way on the tour: this included litter pickups, catering for many community functions, and undertaking tasks such as gardening and odd jobs for elderly in the town.

They take their role as young ambassadors for Collie very seriously, with stories in the local press about their experiences. Their presence at memorial services (including Albany’s Gallipoli Centenary celebrations) is noteworthy, and they have proven to be excellent hosts. Belgian students they met during their trip were so inspired by the Collie students, that they conducted their own fundraising activities and paid a reciprocal visit to Collie in January. The visitors participated in wreath laying at Kings Park, and with their Collie counterparts, services in Collie, a civic reception, and local sightseeing with Collie’s students. Impressively, the 2015 group were selected as Australia Day Young Citizens of the Year.

[1] http://www.phaiwa.org.au/2015/12/16/the-childrens-environment-and-health-local-government-awards-2015/

[2] http://collie.wa.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/FINAL-Draft-Growth-Plan.pdf. Funding: Royalties for Regions, $11 million; Lotterywest $1.8 million; $250K from S32 BHP; $500K Bendigo Bank. 

 

GREENBUSHES

State Finalist: Environmental Education

Bush block project near school

Protection of remnant bushland near Greenbushes Primary School has been a long term project by Greenbushes Tidy Towns Committee, local business and the school. They recognised the value of this small tract of land as a wildlife corridor, habitat for wildlife and a place for locals to learn about their environment.

During Term 3 2015 a partnership was formed with the Blackwood Basin Group to conduct a cockatoo nest installation project with students. Students then assisted the installation of the nest into a Marri tree which is now being monitored for cockatoos. 

In November 2015 the Blackwood Basin Group, Tidy Towns representatives and environmental staff from Talison Lithium and Global Advanced Metals participated in a macro-invertebrate study of the bush block. Students collected specimens which were then taken back into the classroom across the road for examination and identification. The students were also able to examine catalogued macro-invertebrates collected by citizen science volunteers from the Blackwood Basin’s Priority Bittern and Waterbird Biodiversity Project.

The Greenbushes Tidy Towns Committee also coordinated the Planet Ark Schools’ National Tree Day planting which this year focused on the Old Courthouse building and the bush block.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category:

Weed control on Mining Heritage Walk
Community workshop on weeds
Maintenance of three walk trails
Provision of information on endemic Acacia species and education about non-native species and their harm
Blackwood Basin Group (projects ongoing from last year)
Community Garden Group workshops, meetings, 300 year old Marri and Jarrah trees at the school

 

State Finalist: Litter Prevention & Waste Management

Water refill station purchase - “Water Without Waste” project

Last year, Greenbushes Tidy Towns Committee successfully won funding from Keep Australia Beautiful (WA) to purchase a water station.  Dubbed the ‘Water Without Waste’ project, the intent was to contribute to making changes in community perceptions about bottled water and to provide an easy way to reduce plastic waste.

The attractive, portable equipment (currently located at the community garden) has proven easy to use at community events and is a practical tool to promote an important message about reducing the use of plastics and in particular the purchase of plastic over the counter water bottles (bottled water).  

The equipment was launched at the Australia Day Barbeque in Greenbushes on 26 January and is loaned out to community groups in the Shire of Bridgetown Greenbushes for use at events such as festival and sporting activities. The water station is self-promoting as it has a message on the base and provides a ‘wow’ factor which is simply not available if people used a ‘tap’ point at community events. People at Greenbushes Fun Run said that the water tasted ‘fantastic’ and ‘very tasty,’ yet it was only what came out of the tap at the Sports Ground and through a filter.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

Tidy Towns Committee educates about litter
Two litter pickups on South West Highway
Annual clean-up of selected streets
Talison Lithium initiatives
CRC recycling and solar panels
Primary School’s co-mingled recycling scheme
Community Garden from waste products
Ratepayers and Residents entry statement (scrap metal)
Greenbushes Art Trail and exhibition (theme ‘recycling’).

 

State Finalist: Environmental Education

More than 1,000 volunteer hours have been contributed towards the Priority Bittern and Waterbird Biodiversity Project at Schwenke’s Dam in Greenbushes over the past 12 months. The project is being carried out by the Blackwood Basin Group in association with Greenbushes community groups and businesses including Talison Lithium.

Works associated with this project include revegetation and habitat creation, feral animal and weed control programs, community education, Indigenous culture awareness programs, walk trail establishment with interpretive signage highlighting flora, fauna, local history and Indigenous information, citizen science, establishment of herbarium and a macro-invertebrates library.

The seven hectares of created wetland on a former mining void continues to flourish with highly successful revegetation, increasing bird populations and a variety of mammal species able to thrive on the increased food and habitat resources created by the project.

In 2015-16 community driven feral animal and pest control programs have been carried out over 2,000 hectares in partnership with Talison Lithium Pty Ltd including three fox and cat baiting sessions and 43 foxes have been culled by groups of landholders participating across adjacent landholdings through the Red Card Fox Shoot Program.

Over 100 hours of contractor weed control was also carried out over the past 12 months.

A Wildlife Handling, Safety and First Aid Course was also held at Greenbushes.

In citizen science projects the weekly meeting of the macro-invertebrate group has now collected and catalogued more than 900 specimens and these pinned specimens are being used as a school science resource in the local area and for display at community events such as the Balingup Field Day. A local bird-watching group conducts bi-annual surveys and motion cameras have been deployed to monitor native and feral animal species. Thirty cockatoo nesting boxes, built by local students, are being monitored for use bi-yearly and following a Black Cockatoo workshop early this year a volunteer based cockatoo survey group is being set up.

A Redfin Perch eradication/fishing competition was also held at the Greenbushes Pool in 2015 which attracted keen local fishermen and also educated about the invasive nature of the Red Fin Perch and its impact on Pygmy Perch and indigenous fish populations.

From 200 last year, the Greenbushes Herbarium now has over 400 flora samples all pressed, collated and catalogued for community reference and scientific education purposes. The work has been carried out by a passionate Greenbushes volunteer.

Two school based education programs have been carried out over the past 12 months including a science activity with students from Kearnan College in Manjimup with future plans to develop a one term curriculum-based programme to involve young people in nature and environment conservation using the Schwenke’s wetlands as a resource.

Project related workshops, including an Aboriginal Cultural Experience, have attracted over 100 participants and information on the project has been presented to over 400 delegates at conferences and keynote events.

A walk trail has been established featuring a number of interpretive signs about the indigenous use of the forest and flora and fauna. A further 40 signs will be installed in the coming year.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

Photo competition
Facebook, Instagram
Videos
Community Garden activities
Discovery Centre activities
Talison Lithium recycling etcetera
Tidy Towns grant to purchase water station
Art Trail and Exhibition on recycling theme.

 

State Finalist: Heritage & Culture

In an effort to unite Greenbushes’ two separate settlements and to highlight the connection to the tin mining and timber milling heritage of the town, the Greenbushes Ratepayers and Residents Association initiated a project to install two large metal sculptures on the highway approaches to town. 

The sculptures, made by local artist, Mick Latimer, use recycled metals to depict the mining and timber industries and are erected on rock plinths.  They are situated near to the north and south road entrances to the Greenbushes town site and to North Greenbushes. 

The project creates a strong sense of place for visitors travelling along the South Western Highway past Greenbushes and also acts as a unifying structure between the settlements on each side of the highway.

The project is a result of a partnership between the Greenbushes Ratepayers and Residents Association, the Shire of Bridgetown Greenbushes and Main Roads with each group or agency working together to foster the project.  The project has been funded by a grant through the Friends of the South West Group with assistance from local volunteers, business and industry.

While the large structures are a celebration of the town’s heritage it is hoped they will also provide an economic boost by drawing visitors off the highway and into the town.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

Priority Bittern and Waterbird Diversity Project – local history, indigenous information, citizen science,
WWI history (case studies of locals and service)
Interpretive signage replaced
Walk trail info on Schwenke family
Website updates at Discovery Centre
Walk trail maintenance
Window display
Greenbushes Winter Festival, etcetera
End of Year function, Australia Day celebrations, upgrade of cemetery plot signs and signage
Picket fence installed at Town Square (highlighting town’s achievements in TT over many years
TT info maintained for community and visitor viewing
Planned laneway beautification project

 

State Finalist: Community Action & Wellbeing

The Greenbushes Community Garden was established in 2011 with the handover of privately owned land to the Shire of Bridgetown Greenbushes to be developed as a resource for the community. Under the auspices of the Greenbushes Ratepayers and Residents Association a small sub- committee was established to develop the garden along permaculture principles and establish basic infrastructure including garden beds, water storage facilities, reticulation and storage areas. A run-down building on the property was also refurbished for use by the group. Since the instigation of the garden there has been growth and improvement each year resulting in positive outcomes for the health and wellbeing of the whole community whether it be students at the local primary school, young families or seniors.

A new initiative for the group in 2015 was the introduction of community morning teas on the first Saturday of the month drawing a broad range of community members as well as groups from other regional towns such as the Ashbil Community Garden Group, the Bridgetown Friendship Club and the Boyup Brook Community Garden group. The most recent group to visit was a cultural exchange of men, women and children organised by a local Filipino resident creating opportunities for the local community to interact with each other and people from other communities.

Crop swaps have been incorporated into the morning teas in 2016 to encourage people to come in from surrounding areas to share their produce and experience. The community driven crop swap events see backyard growers sharing their excess produce, seeds, plants and more. The crop swap ties in beautifully with the garden’s philosophy as it encourages lots of home grown produce to be shared locally (reducing food miles) as well as helping Greenbushes residents to come together, develop friendships and support networks and thereby develop a more resilient and sustainable community.

A nature-play area was established at the garden in 2016 with children involved in painting the equipment. The group has also been active in promoting native bees and bee habitats in 2015 and garden guru Sabrina Hahn visited to talk about garden and environment issues.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

Health and Wellness Room
School holiday programs
Work for Dole program
Traineeship for local youth
New partnership with CRC, etcetera to provide free prescription delivery
Extended CRC hours
Yoga for adults and children
Protective Behaviours for Families Workshop and Men’s Health Day
Croquet in the Park
Greenbushes Aged Community Committee activities
Fun Run Committee Activities
Tidy Towns projects
Grow Greenbushes Group
Greenbushes Ratepayers and Residents Assoc
Singing Group
Parent and Citizens group

 

Other: Young Legends

The Greenbushes Community Resource Centre’s School Holiday program provided many opportunities for young people in the following activities:

 23 children travelled to Pemberton on a day excursion to learn better bike riding skills including road rules and how to ride safely on a range of road surfaces.

The SHP also engaged young people in creating art from recycled items such as paper, cardboard and recyclable plastics with the boys in particular enjoying the opportunity to create shields and swords.
Youngsters joined with older members of the community to paint equipment installed in the Community Garden ‘nature playground.’ This playground uses natural materials such as trees, logs, sand, rope and wood swings and cement culverts rather than prefabricated plastic playgrounds.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

Workshop on macro-invertebrates (Blackwood Basin Group)
Tree planting at Schwenke’s Dam (Kearnan College),
Tree planting at Old Courthouse and at a Bush Block (primary school & Tidy Towns Committee)
Man-made cockatoo nest installed and monitoring
Community Garden
Community morning tea and hosting ANZAC school service
Vegetable garden at school.

 

KALGOORLIE-BOULDER

State Finalist: Litter Prevention and Waste Management

Project: New bins to promote recycling at major city events

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group (KBULG) secured funding from the Keep Australia Beautiful Council (WA) to purchase 22 new recycling bins to be used at community events. It had been recognised by KBULG that there was a need to increase community involvement in recycling yet there had always been a distinct lack of recycling bins at community events.

The new bins were launched at the Goldfields Community Expo in February and will continue to be used at all community events from now on. These bins will reduce the amount of recyclable materials going to landfill, reduce the amount of litter found at events, and reduce the time-consuming and costly clean ups often required after an event.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category include:

Clean Up Australia Day
rECOnstructed Art competition
School-to-home recycling project
Waste processing facility tours

 

State Finalist: Environmental Sustainability

Project: Commitment to energy management and conservation

Kalgoorlie-Boulder has an ongoing commitment to reducing their energy consumption with a focus on innovative energy efficiency measures. The following has occurred over the past year:

completion of the 120kW solar photovoltaic system (PV) at the airport.
completion of the Regional LED street lighting upgrade which the City managed after being successful in securing both State and Federal funding.
State funding secured for regional PV project for the Goldfields-Esperance region.
installation of LED lights at City administration building, Oasis Recreation Centre and Kalgoorlie Men’s Shed.
planning underway for Arts Centre to have a 100kW PV system installed within the year.
purchase of a wind monitor to investigate the possibility of installing wind turbines within the region.

The installation of the solar system at the Arts Centre will mean that the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will have installed six major systems within the past five years. As a result, the City has saved money and achieved a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category include:

The Goldfields Cactus Forum
Propagating nursery plants for tree planting
Waterwise gardening
Management and improvement of the City’s green belt
Recycling of 100 per cent of the sewerage produced at waste water treatment plant
Re-endorsed for Water Corporations Waterwise Council accreditation.
Second phase of showerhead swap program

 

State Finalist: Young Legends

Project: Zoe Manuel

Zoe Manuel is a 15 year old local girl who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at the age of three. She is an active community member who participates in numerous events, volunteers her time to various causes and raises awareness and money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Zoe has a passion for modelling and the beauty industry. Entering various pageants allows her to combine this interest with her passion for community participation and fundraising. Over the past year, Zoe has done the following:

raised money for Leukaemia Foundation.
visited the children’s ward at Princess Margaret Hospital.
visited the Ronald McDonald House.
actively supported the Starlight Foundation.
volunteered at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group nursery.
assisted KBULG with its children’s activities at the Goldfields KidsFest.

 

Other: Environmental Education

Project: New transportable classroom in Karlkurla Bushland Park

Karlkurla Bushland Park comprises 200 hectares of regrowth bushland just outside of Kalgoorlie. It is maintained a nature park for local residents, school children and tourists. As such, it has become a community park offering a plethora of activities in a natural setting to entertain all who visit.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group (KBULG) operates a community nursery within this bushland and came up with the idea of incorporating an education centre. Seeing the benefits, the Goldfields Institute of Technology (GIT) donated a transportable classroom and plans are now underway to have the class fitted out and ready to use. This new classroom facility will be a community space to share skills and knowledge on sustainable living, inspire passion for the local environment and be used to deliver employment pathway programs.

While KBULG are already heavily involved in community education programs, the new classroom will enable them to build on these and develop new initiatives. For example, GIT have introduced a Conservation and Land Management course this year and the classroom will host the students enrolled in this course while they are undergoing practical work within the bushland. KBULG also have plans for utilising this new centre for their Junior Landcare program.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category include:

Waterwise community garden events.
Junior Landcare Program.
Native Plant Group.
Tailor-made educational bushwalks.
Development of conservation-focussed training courses.
Tours of the wastewater treatment plant.

 

Other: Community Action & Wellbeing

Project: Kalgoorlie-Boulder community garden

The construction of a community garden is now underway after an extensive planning period involving community forums and the establishment of a committee. Initial funding was secured from Royalties for Regions and the City of Kalgoorlie with further funding and in-kind support coming from local businesses and community groups. Plans for the community garden include a communal garden area; individual plots; composting and worm farming; a tunnel house to propagate seedlings; a rainwater tank; a bush tucker area and a frog pond.

At the time of judging, the fencing was complete and work on the project was well underway. It will be completed by the end of July and followed by a grand opening. Once complete, the garden will serve to educate the community on gardening and waterwise practices and be an area utilised to host events such as plant swap days and ‘how to grow your own food’ workshops. This community garden will not only provide a space to grow vegetables, but also a place for like-minded individuals to learn about sustainable gardening practices while encouraging community participation.

A Kalgoorlie Boulder Community Garden Facebook page is being used to seek community ideas and feedback and share information about the progress of this project.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category include:

Community Nursery in Karlkurla Bushland Park.
Sustainable Garden Competition.
Annual Tree planting Day.
Infant memorial planting day.

 

Other: Heritage and Culture

Project: The Burt Street historic revitalisation project

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has a conservation plan for the Burt Street heritage precinct in Boulder, which includes a conservation policy with recommendations for each place in the precinct, as well as for the precinct as a whole. This plan was used for the recent works on the Burt Street revitalisation project which was completed last year.

The City received $3.15million from Royalties for Regions and the State Government for the project, which had a total cost of $4.2million. The Burt Street Facades Project which included 41 properties, aimed to return the appearance of Burt Street to how it appeared in the early 1900s.  

The look and feel of the Burt Street precinct was researched by Heritage Architects to ensure the facades were in keeping with the theme and the final work is a highlight of the City. This project now attracts passing trade and tourists to Burt Street and Boulder, helping the current traders and attracting new business to the Burt Street precinct.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category include:

Karlkurla dreaming cultural trails.
Ongoing work to the Goldfields War museum.
Restoration of Lord Forrest Youth Facility.

 

MILING

State Finalist:Environmental Eduation

School Nature Playground

Miling Primary School is a Waterwise School with 32 students. In Term 4 2015 the school children were involved in planning a nature playground. They drew pictures of what they would like included and what materials they envisaged using.  An official plan was drawn up and a committee of four members was formed in 2016 to convert an unused area of the school playfield.  At a Clean Up Australia Day event in March, the whole school cleared the area in preparation.

Parents have donated equipment including a wooden boat, tractor tyres, marine rope and diving nets. Dalcon Construction donated a 10 metre box culvert, 100 bags of cement and Stuart Brown Constructions donated cement. IGA Moora donated $500 towards costs. Rapid Plastics donated a water trough and Dave Watson Treelopping donated woodchips, logs and tree trunks. A grant request has been submitted to Moora Shire for wood and plants.  There will be a vegetable garden (to use the vegetables in cooking in Term 3 of each year), paths and equipment all made from donated or recycled materials and each child will create a concrete plaque for the path.

Other projects that support this category:

Participation in national Water Week.
Captain Waterwise to present an incursion (planned event).
Wastewise professional learning and outcomes
Tree Planting

Other: Community Action & Wellbeing

Ride to Conquer Cancer

On 17-18 October 2015 local, Michelle Barnard and team of six rode in Western Australia’s two day, 200km, MACA[1] Ride to Conquer Cancer.  This team raised $18,008 for Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Community fundraising for this cause included hosting the ‘Miling Comedy Night’ held on 29 August hosted by comedian, Peter Rowsthorn.[2]  Tickets were $25 and all proceeds ($7,404) went to the riders’ cause. 

In September the group also had a stall at the community market, taking donations and educating attendees about the cause and ride.

Other projects which support this category:

Out of school activities supported.
Various clubs and services.
Busy Bee clean-ups & Miling School CUAD
Miling Student Leaders activities
ANZAC services
Red Nose Day
Fairway Lines, Greens, Bunkers and general clean-up day
Community Market
Half Marathon fundraiser
P&C Quiz Night attended by 100 community supporters
Melbourne Cup Day Lunch
Moora Bed Race support
Annual Community Christmas Tree; annual barbeque
7th annual Miling Fox Shoot eradication
Trees removed at Miling Hall Garden

 

Other: Litter Prevention and Waste Management

Well-placed garbage bins and weekly rubbish and fortnightly recycling collection  

Fiona Brown, Tidy Towns Committee Member has been successful in advocating for change with the Shire in relation to the placement and repair of public bins.  Miling public bins had looked tired and old or had lids missing and in some locations, such as a popular area near the public toilets, there were no adequate rubbish bins.

Two new green street bins were placed on the main street in front of the Miling Pub.  Furthermore the new publican has set out cigarette butt bins.  The pub is also recycling cans, paper and bottles due to the information given by Fiona on recycling and with the provision of recycling bins.  

The Shire has also replaced two broken recycling bins at a location off the main street and a bin at the public toilets.  In addition to this through advocating for change Fiona was able to get six replacement bins at the popular Miling Sports ground. Household bins have also been replaced or repaired when needed.

Other projects which support this category:

TTC includes primary school participants.
School anti-litter posters.
Busy bees and clean-ups.
Hockey Club redistribution of equipment.
Student safety messaging re clean-ups.
Transfer Station activities.
Skip bin waste recycled.
Recycle Shop and green Waste Facility.
Recycling waste newspapers.
Animal Management (doggy waste litter bags and infrastructure).
KABC ashtrays at Miling Caravan Park.
Ad Bins consulted re: disposal of butts.
Ring-pulls 4 Wheelchairs.
Waste oil recycling.
Drum Muster.

 

Other: Environmental Sustainability

Fox & Feral Animal Shoot

The 7th Annual Miling Fox and Feral Animal Shoot was held on the evening of 13 February 2016 and celebrated with a breakfast on the morning of the 14 February at the Miling Seedworks. 

Local farmer, Richard Topham, organised the shoot to control feral foxes, rabbits and cats in the Miling area. The event ties in with the state-wide initiative, Red Card for Foxes, which see many communities groups take a collective effort on the war against feral pests.

Stockbrands sponsor the Red Card for Foxes shoots and donates $5 a fox to the Royal Flying Doctors.  In Miling 13 teams shot a total of 224 foxes, 158 rabbits and15 cats (which surpasses the previous year’s total). 

Prizes were given for the highest total of foxes, rabbits and cats shot on the night.

The following organisations sponsored the event: Rabobank, Miling Seed Cleaners, Moora-Miling Pasture Improvement Group, Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Bruce Topham, Anro Stud, Jim Mac, Terry Reynolds , Max Lewis Services, Bindi Transport, Miling Fuel, JSA Ag Miling, Miling Agricultural Services, Miling Travel Stop, McNamara Logistics, Bryan Rural Service and Purser’s Butchers.

 

Other: Heritage & Culture

Aboriginal Heritage

In 2015 Miling students were introduced to the local Yued language group of the Noongar people with regular exposure of words and social history at the school.  This is continuing in 2016 as the students have expressed an interest in learning the language and is despite there being only one Aboriginal student. At the Anzac Day Ceremony and at each school assembly school leaders follow the protocol of acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land with a Welcome to Country. During NAIDOC week the school focused on the theme of – ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground’ with the attributes of respect and celebration of Aboriginal culture.

Other projects which support this category

Pioneer display at park
Australian Country Music Heritage Celebration

 

Other: Young Legends

Year six students are student leaders and participate in leading assembly, speech presentations and assisting at NAIDOC and ANZAC day celebrations. The students learned about the importance of sustainable practise through the Waterwise program.  They put what the learned into practise and grew their own vegetables for cooking in Term 2.  Students also drew concepts of the proposed school nature playground.

Litter prevention leadership was channelled into action with the students in February 2016 designing posters - 'CARE FOR OUR TOWN' and 'KEEP MILING BEAUTIFUL'. These were then displayed in the Miling Town Hall window and at the Co-op shop. One student, Thomas McNamara took on the role of young volunteer ranger with the Miling Progress Association and has been actively collecting rubbish in the town. 

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

Scouts
Lap-a-thon at Swimming Club
Cricket Clinic
CUAD Dockers Coaching Clinic

[1] MACA is a construction company who sponsors the Ride to Conquer Cancer. http://www.maca.net.au/community/ride-to-conquer-cancer.html.

[2] http://www.miling.com.au/miling-comedy-night-with-peter-rowsthorn/

 

NEWMAN

State Finalist: Young Legends

Lachlan (Lachy) Thomas

Lachy is a year 9 student at Newman High School who has made significant contributions to the community. As a result, Lachy was awarded the 2015 East Pilbara International Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Lachy volunteered with Saving Animals from Euthanasia Karratha (SAFE)[1] and at the Outback Native Animal Rehabilitation and Carers’ Association. Lachy also has a passion for fauna and helped at the vet clinic in town.

Lachy was a participant in the V-Swans Kicking Goals program[2] at Newman Senior High School.  V-Swans have a partnership with BHP Billiton, West Coast Eagles, Swan Districts Football Club and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to transfer skills from the sporting field to achieve educational outcomes in the classroom. Lachy was awarded the V-Swans Kicking Goals Volunteer of the Year Award 2015.

He coached and was field umpire for ten weeks for the Kicking Goals program. He taught and encouraged children aged 4 – 8 years to develop their skills and knowledge of football. Additionally he coached second year participants in skills, tactics and appropriate on and off field behaviour.

Hannah Petrickovic, Arts and Cultural Development Officer, at the Shire of East Pilbara said “parents, teachers and peers only have positive comments to say about Lachy”.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

6 young people nominated for International Youth Volunteer of the Year Award.
National Youth Week – Newman Youth Festival
Urban Art Workshops

 

State Finalist: Environmental Education

Greening Australia – Irwin trip to Newman

In June 2015, Greening Australia through its work on the Pilbara Exposed program (funded through BHP Billiton) brought Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin to Newman and other communities in the Pilbara at a cost of $10,000.  The intent of the program was for the Irwin’s to present a range of free school and community talks.  Community Projects Coordinator, Pip Short managed the visits.

The Irwins visited Newman Primary which also had South Newman students attending the event and visited Newman Senior High School.  Bindi encouraged nearly one thousand students and teachers to get involved with environmental pursuits and discussed rare and endangered fauna such as the bilby, quoll, woma pythons and crocodiles.

Newman Primary School teacher, Miss Shelly, used to work at Australia Zoo and organised the Steve Irwin Day on 15 November at the school. 

Greening Australia[3] and the Newman Visitor Centre held a free educational forum with Bindi hosting talks. Over 600 people attended the event and Greening Australia announced the winners of The Pilbara Exposed photo competition. This competition had landscape, flora/fauna and school age categories that encouraged people to see the beauty in the Pilbara and its natural environments. The Visitors Centre also provided the accommodation for the Irwins.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

Climate change, gardening, environmentally friendly housing and recycling (curriculum-based learning)
South Newman Primary garden and produce (plus recycling and composting).
Martu Ladies’ Group garden
Dylan Bosch work experience
Martu Mulch (small business)

 

State Finalist: Environmental Sustainability

Greening Australia – Martu farm project

Martu Farm is managed by the Martu Christian Fellowship[4] which has an all Martu Board. Greening Australia’s Community Projects Coordinator, Bob Richards is co-located at Martu Farm and assisted the community by running educational and practical programs, helping to promote the Martu connection to land.

In October Greening Australia successfully applied for funding from Lotterywest and the Pilbara Development Commission (PDC).  Lotterywest funding ($160,000) was used to purchase a digger and chipper and the PDC funding ($200,000) was used to employ two local Martu.  The Martu participants collected donated green waste and created ‘Martu Mulch’.  The Mulch was sold in September/November and it is planned to continue this small business and employment opportunity.  Volunteer representatives also sold plants and seedlings at the market as well as the Pilbara Native Plants for gardens and landscapes book published by Greening Australia.

In August the Martu Ladies Group learnt new skills and worked with Greening Australia and Barefoot Training[5] to improve vegetable beds at the farm.  Barefoot Training also worked with Martu Youth from Newman Senior High School to develop their skills in seeding and potting plants for the Martu Farm Greening Australia Nursery.  In addition to this Martu Farm has started discussions with the Shire to have waste water supplied to the garden beds and nursery.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

Empowering People in Communities school holiday program (plant potting and meet and green with Outback Native Animal Rehabilitation and Carers Association – outdoor hydroponic community garden.
Hosted Bindi Irwin and family in promoting nature conservation.
South Newman Primary School garden and geese, ducks and chickens
Newman Aquatic Centre water conservation – silver for Waterwise businesses awarded by the Water Corporation
Shire of East Pilbara waste water on parks and gardens and recycling water from sewage treatment.
Water pumped out from Mt Whaleback for dust suppression and dewatering from mine
Energy efficient lights – turn off when not in use, motion sensor lights

 

Other: Litter Prevention & Waste Management

Sustainability Partnership Litter Collection

The Sustainability Partnership Litter Collection has been running since 2007 and continued to fund local groups involved in litter pick-ups in 2015.  Funding for the project is provided by BHP Billiton and the pick-ups are coordinated by the Shire of East Pilbara.

Eleven community groups were randomly selected by the Shire to conduct litter pick-ups for one month and conducted weekly pick-ups in that month.  Each group received $2,000 from the initiative.  Groups were allocated a route, given maps and tongs, fluoro vests, gloves and bags and instructions on what to do with over ten bags collected at each pick up.  Bags could be taken to the town tip by the groups or left in strategic places for pick up by the Shire.  Photographs of the rubbish collected was taken by the participants and given to the Shire.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category.

Extreme Litter collection – 42 cars picked up,  and 3 trailers of cans
Events, outings and camps for kids and young people.
Shire’s regular twice-weekly refuse and litter collection and environmental activities: bulk rubbish, tip access, green waste, securing rubbish before transportation.
Promotion
Lions Club can collection and food scraps

 

Other: Heritage & Culture

East Pilbara Art Centre Opening.

The East Pilbara Art Centre (EPAC) opened on 29 April 2016 with the iconic Martumili “We Don’t Need A Map” exhibition.[6]  Funding towards the facility was provided by BHP Billiton ($4.4m), Pilbara Development Commission through Royalties for Regions  ($3.5m), East Pilbara Shire $800,000 and Lottery West $600,000.  Martu people were engaged and consulted at all stages in the concept and design, and an architect competition for the building was held.

EPAC provides a centralised hub for the people of the East Pilbara, the Martu and other artists to share their culture and art.  Over thirty Martu artists are regularly working at the hub and producing art works.  There are over four hundred artists registered with Martumili Arts[7] who coordinate the gallery, online sales, art works and community engagement. 

The building includes a studio for artist development, a commercial kitchen and separate kitchenette, laundry, office space and a caretaker’s residence. There is also a large open space for events and functions. 

Martu ownership of the centre is evidenced with increased art works, engagement and school visits.  The centre aimed to connect all people in East Pilbara through events, exhibitions and active participation.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category:

Newman Visitor Centre outreach and interpretation signs
National Heritage Week promoting local history and collection of historical artefacts to create a mural design
Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa sustainable culture

 

Other: Community Action & Wellbeing

Public Health Plan (including healthy eating policy)

The Shire of East Pilbara adopted a Public Health Plan[8] which includes a healthy eating policy at all Shire run events and community events.  Obesity and healthy food options is priority number one out of six in the plan and is intended to guide council departments and organisations when planning events and engagement.

The intention is to increase healthy lifestyles and encourage good health choices.

The Australia Day Event held in Newman saw the healthy eating policy in action.  Choices included free water to drink, (no fizzy drinks were provided by the Shire), vegetarian options, healthy sausages (no trans-fat) and salads to eat.  Large fruit carvings were carried out by a local community member and were displayed at the event and available to eat.

The policy is put in place at all Shire assisted events, for example, eight cultural groups prepared food for the Harmony Day Celebration in March.  Over 250 community members attended this event and were treated to a range of healthy food.  The Shire provided funding for all food items needed to make the meals as well as providing water.

Other projects/activities/groups which support this category:

Maintenance of infrastructure and parks
Community events: NAIDOC, NATSI, International Thank You Day, International Day of People with Disability, Christmas, Easter and ANZAC Day.
Banner for WALGA’s Banners in the Terrace
Fortescue Festival, skate clinics and workshops, Express Yourself Family Fun Days
Newcomers to town event
Fair go Games
Shire granted $50K to non-for-profit groups to host events, workshops, memorials, assistance for individuals to travel to state, national and international competitions and for upgrades
Newman Recreation Map

[1] http://www.safe.asn.au/safe-branches/safe-karratha

[2] http://www.newmanshs.wa.edu.au/cocurricular-programs/kicking-goals-program/

[3] https://www.greeningaustralia.org.au/

[4] http://blueskypilbara.org.au/martu-chrisitian-fellowship-inc/

[5] https://www.facebook.com/BarefootTrainingWa/

[6] http://www.wedontneedamap.com.au/

[7] http://www.martumili.com.au/

[8] http://www.eastpilbara.wa.gov.au/Shire-Services/Health-and-safety-services/Public-Health-Plan

 

PORT AND SOUTH HEDLAND