Environmental Education


Congratulations to the 2016 State Winner for Environmental Education: Albany




Waste Education Grant Program – Cleanaway / City of Albany Partnership

Cleanaway provided the City of Albany with $100,000 to deliver a range of education programs.


Program 1:  A free and easy to use phone app that will provide answers relating to waste minimisation, disposal and recycling. Quick answers will include ‘what, where, how to recycle;’ ‘tips, ideas and advice for upcycling’ and ‘reducing and reusing waste’.

Program 2:  (Rolled out in conjunction with Tip Shop upgrades), includes developing new artwork and brand marketing to raise awareness around recycling and waste; developing a comprehensive package of education tools and materials for events; and providing event equipment.

Program 3:  Three community art projects incorporating awareness on waste and the environment: these include an interactive mandala wheel using brightly coloured items collected from the Tip Shop; an evening sundowner in Town Square with pop-up lounge room using Tip Shop items; and creation of large canvas artworks at YouthFest based on the theme of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’. 


Anti-littering Posters  

signsCollie Rotary conducted a competition through local schools involving students developing environmental messages on posters. These were displayed in the local shopping centre 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 residents, and showed the value of enlisting children to spread the word.


Priority Bittern and Waterbird Biodiversity Project

saraMore than 1,000 volunteer hours have contributed towards this project at Schwenke’s Dam, a seven hectare site of created wetland on a former mining void.  The project is headed by the Blackwood Basin Group in association with Greenbushes community groups and businesses including Talison Lithium.

Works include revegetation and habitat creation; feral animal and weed control programs; community education; Indigenous cultural awareness; citizen science; establishment of herbarium and a macro-invertebrates library; and establishing a walk trail with signs highlighting flora, fauna, local history and Indigenous information.

In citizen science projects 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 and for display at 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 animals. Thirty cockatoo nesting boxes, built by local students, are being monitored for use and following a black cockatoo workshop, a volunteer based cockatoo survey group is being set up.

Schwenke’s Dam 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.


 Meeka Goes Green at Community Markets

meeka marketsMeekatharra Community Markets are held every six weeks in town. Meeka Goes Green (MGG) has attended every market since 2013 and the stall is its visible presence in the community. The aim in participating is to raise the profile of MGG, engage potential volunteers, advocate for lifestyle changes that reduce environmental harm, and to inform and encourage practical steps such as recycling at the Meeka Recycling Centre. 

MGG has ten regular committee members and is purposeful about educating the community. The stall carries materials from various environmental advocacy groups and members hand out waste management tools, such as Keep Australia Beautiful litter bags and cigarette butt pocket ashtrays. A new initiative this year has been to provide samples of environmentally friendly fertiliser to those attending the stall.


School Nature Playground

milingMiling Primary School is a Waterwise School with a population of 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 then 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 the whole school cleared the area in preparation.

Parents donated equipment including a wooden boat, tractor tyres, marine rope and diving nets. Local businesses donated a culvert, cement, water trough, 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.


Greening Australia – Irwin trip to Newman

irwinIn 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.  

The Irwins visited Newman Primary, which also had South Newman students attending, and 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 and the Newman Visitor Centre held a free educational forum with Bindi hosting talks. More than 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.

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Environmental Sustainability
Litter Prevention and Waste Management
Heritage and Culture
Environmental Education
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