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Groundwork – Grassroots Sustainability

Groundwork Grassroots Sustainability
Groundwork Grassroots Sustainability
Groundwork Grassroots Sustainability
Groundwork Grassroots Sustainability
Groundwork Grassroots Sustainability

There's plenty we can each do on our own, but real change happens when people work together.

Inner west communities are doing great things – and you can be part of it.

Have you got a community environment project idea or an issue that you are passionate about?

'Community Leaders in Sustainability' course

The free 'Community Leaders in Sustainability' course provides training in:

  • project management
  • grant writing
  • effective marketing and social media
  • building partnerships
  • environment and sustainability.

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You'll meet experts, hear about community environment projects and connect with other like-minded people.

Participants put their knowledge and skills into practice, and will work to deliver a community environmental project that creates positive outcomes for the inner west, with the support of the program.

These projects could be in a workplace, your street or your local area, around your local waterway, natural places or have a far broader influence.

The list of possible projects is endless, but projects should take a community-oriented approach to environmental sustainability.    

The course was previously run on Thursday evenings 6–9 pm during February to April 2017, with a break over the Easter holiday period, with two Saturday morning field trips and a graduation ceremony in May.

Interested or have some questions?

Talk to the course coordinator:

This course was developed and has been successfully run by Darebin and Banyule City Councils. Inner West Council acknowledges the Councils' generosity in allowing it's use.

Groundwork stories

Since 2011, the Groundwork program has distributed more than $25,000 to community groups to fund sustainability projects.

Read more about the Groundwork grant funded projects.

Groundwork Grassroots Sustainability
Groundwork Grassroots Sustainability

Camdenville Paddock Community Garden

The garden is on the grounds of Camdenville Public School and is jointly managed by the local residents and the school. In 2012 Groundwork grant funding enabled new soil to be purchased so that the garden could extend into a previously unused space.

Further funding in 2015 was provided to set up a composting toilet and make changes to the photovoltaic system as part of the restoration of the site's building – the Green Pavilion. This has enabled greater community use of the garden, especially by children and their families.

Addison Road Community Centre Organisation

Addison Road Community Centre Organisation (ARCCO) is contributing to the urban habitat mosaic and involving the community in citizen science monitoring. A habitat tree has been the focus for Groundwork funding firstly by planting understorey and then monitoring the use of the tree by microbats and other creatures of the night. Watch the microbat video