Lake Macquarie City Council Environmental Activities, grants etc April- May 2013

Make your own backyard  habitat – free  workshop

Saturday 20 April,  1-3pm

Learn about the importance  of backyard habitat for local native animals, and discover how to create a frog  pond and possum nest box in your own  backyard.

Location:  Landcare Resource Centre, Corner of Toronto  Roadand  Five Islands Road,  Teralba

Bookings essential to Lake  Macquarie City Council on 4921  0333


Fungi  Foray

Saturday 27 April,  Approximately 9.15am – 1.30pm

A free event for Landcarers  and Community Ecosystem Monitoring Volunteers. Learn about fungi and how to identify  different  types.

Meet at the Landcare  Resource Office, 80 Toronto  Rd,  Teralba

Limited places so please  call the Landcare Resource Office on 4921 0392 by 24 April to book your  place.


Free Showerhead  Exchange

Hunter Water and Lake  Macquarie City Council invite Hunter Water Customers to exchange their existing  water guzzling showerhead for a water efficient one. Free and low cost premium  options available.


Westfield Kotara       Shopping Centre, outside Woolworths       Supermarket Thursday 2       May10am –       8pm Friday 3       May10am –       4pm Saturday 4       May10am –       2pm
Hunter Water, 36 Honeysuckle Drive,       Newcastle       Westor

Hunter       Water’s Customer Service desk at Lake Macquarie City Council, 126-138 Main       Road, Speers       Point

Monday 6 –       Friday 31       May9am –       5pm


Littoral Rainforest Plant  Identification  Workshop

Saturday 4 May, 10am – 2pm

Help  protect and improve the ecological value of Littoral Rainforest.  The workshop will include an overview of  native plant species found in Littoral Rainforest Communities, ecology and  identification principles, and an introduction to Plantnet and other useful  resources.

Location: Landcare Resource  Centre,  Teralba

For further information or  to book your place contact the Landcare Resource Centre on 4921  0392.


Powerful Owl  Workshop

Sunday  5 May, 10am – 12:30pm

Find  out about these amazing birds and how you can become involved in the Powerful  Owl Project,

Location:  Landcare Resource Centre,  Teralba

For  further information and to book your place, contact David Bain at BirdLife Australia on 0421 337  545 or email



Wangi Area Sustainable  Neighbourhood Group Launch and  Celebration

Saturday 11 May 2013,  11.00am – 2.00pm

The official launch of the  Wangi Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group and their Action Plan will be held on  Saturday 11 May 2013.

Join in the fun – there  will be family-friendly activities, free food and lots of information about the  great projects members are  undertaking.

New member sign ups on the  day are very  welcome.

Location:  Wangi Wangi Foreshore, Watkins Road (in  front of  RSL)

For more information,  contact the Wangi Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group on


Salts Bay Community Event and  BBQ

Saturday 11 May,  10.00am – 1.00pm

Come along to a walk and  talk, with free BBQ, to learn about the rainforest of SaltsBay and Swansea  Heads.

Location:  Meet at Reids Reserve at the end of  Lambton Pde, Swansea Heads

Bookings essential to the  Landcare Resource Centre on 4921 0392

Create your own Naturewatch  Diary – Workshop

Saturday 25 May,  10.30am – 12.30pm

There are many ways to  record the seasonal changes in your garden or local bushland.  Build your awareness with tips from an  expert and document your observations for future generations.  All participants will receive a copy of  unique template developed by the presenter, in addition to a Naturewatch  Diary.

Landcare Resource Centre,  Corner of Toronto  Roadand  Five Islands Road,  Teralba

Bookings essential to Lake  Macquarie City Council on 4921 0333


Other  Opportunities


Our Super  Street Sale

Our Super StreetSale is a new Council service to help you  hold a street-wide garage  sale.

All you need to do  is get two or more houses in your street to hold a garage sale on the same day  and Council  will:

  • advertise your garage sales  in the Newcastle Herald on the day of your  sale
  • promote your garage sales on  Council’s website, Facebook page and  Twitter
  • send you a free garage sale  kit, including tips and hints, to have the best garage sale  ever


Win $500  towards your electricity bill!

Council has  launched the 2013 Bust Your Bills  competition, a fun initiative to help you reduce your energy usage and  save money on your electricity  bills.

You could win $500  towards your power bill, as well as fantastic monthly  prizes.



Community Environment Grants (Caring for our  Country)

Applications for Community  Environment Grants program which offer small grants of between $5000 and $50 000  to help groups undertake on-the-ground activities and increase their skills and  capacity to protect the natural environmenthasnow  opened.

A wide range of activities  are eligible including activities that increase biodiversity in and around World  Heritage Areas; developing land and sea country management plans, holding field  days and conferences to show-case innovative sustainable environment practices.

Activities also extend to  training local communities to participate in environmental protection, working  with local governments, regional bodies and industries to reduce pollution  entering urban and coastal waterways and marine environments and recording and  using Indigenous ecological knowledge to deliver conservation outcomes.

Applications are open to  groups Australia-wide until midnight (12am AEST) Wednesday 8  May.

Grant guidelines,  application forms and further information is available from the Caring for our  Country website:


EcoSchools  Grants

This program provides  grants to schools to give them the opportunity to involve their  students and community in developing and implementing environmental management  projects.

The overall objective of the  Eco Schools program is to support schools to develop best practice in  environmental education and innovative solutions to environmental  issues.

Applications close 17 May  2013.

For full details go to


Stephanie  Alexander Kitchen Garden Program Is Now  Open

The focus of the  Program is for primary school students to learn how to grow, harvest, prepare  and share fresh food in the belief that this approach will provide a better  chance of positively influencing children’s food  choices.

The Program  provides one-off funding of up to $60,000 (GST exclusive) to eligible schools to  cover infrastructure costs associated with building a kitchen and  garden.

For more  information


Volunteer Grants – Australian  Government

Volunteer Grants  2013 recognises the valuable work of Australia’s volunteers.  This  initiative forms part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to  organisations whose volunteers assist disadvantaged communities and encourage  inclusion of vulnerable people in community  life.

Funding of $16  million is available to support and encourage volunteering.  Eligible  not-for-profit community organisations can apply for grants between $1,000 and  $5,000.

For more  information and application guidelines go to:

Applications are  due 24 April  2013.

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