The following projects are a selection of the many projects through the 2015 Living Green Grants scheme.
Balcatta Primary School received a Living Green Grant to create a beautiful mural made from 5,000 recycled bottle caps. The whole school was involved and their objective was to raise awareness of plastic in our waterways.
Before getting creative, students first watched a video on the importance of recycling to give the project a real world context. Bottle caps are currently unable to be recycled and usually end up in our waterways and would ultimately being eaten by sea-life.
To read more and see more photos of this artwork being created, click HERE
Despite being a rainy day, over 200 students and teachers from 3 local schools joined members of the Hamersley Habitat Community Garden to celebrate Arbour Day by getting hands-on and dirty.
Students planted winter vegetables and herbs in the veggie beds; fruit trees throughout the garden; and grapes and berries to cover trellis over the veggie beds and provide summer shade.
A wind break of waterwise native plants was planted behind the amphitheater, and more natives were planted around the dry creek bed to provide habitat for the frogs living in the frog bog.
A hot leafless street in Mt Lawley was transformed into a cool green oasis with the planting of 17 large trees by members of St Patricks church. Pavers were lifted, road base dug up, tree pits created and irrigation installed by willing (and strong!) volunteers keen to create a beautiful leafy green street outside the church.
The new trees will help increase the City's canopy cover and create cool, beautiful streets.
A neglected verge covered in sand and weeds outside the Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Community Centre was transformed into a beautiful Waterwise native verge by a large group of willing volunteers.
The makeover was a multi-generational affair with gardeners of all ages helping out with the soil preparation, planting and mulch-shovelling.
A desire to reduce energy consumption and the waste associated with frequent replacement of fluorescent lightbulbs led the Stirling Regional Business Centre to apply for a Living Green Grant to upgrade the existing office light to energy-efficient long-life LED's. The upgrade is expected to save $3,5000 in energy costs each year, and tenants have noted an improved working environment.
Surplus home-grown veggies, quails eggs, preserves and jam, and books and magazines were amongst some of the items shared and swapped at the first Northern Community Share event. Thirsty keen Sharers attended the first event held in April 2016 to give away items they no longer needed, and in turn receive items of value to them. The waste-free event was so successful that it is now a regular event occurring held every 3 months.
Old fashioned fun and electricity-free entertainment was the theme of the annual Power-Down Picnic held each year by the EcoFaeries to celebrate Earth Hour. Pedal-powered smoothies, story-telling, giant board games, juggling and lantern making were followed by an illuminated parade around Carine Open Space