More than $160,000 in grants will be used by community-based groups in the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges region to enhance their environment.
The Community Environment Grants program promotes the sustainable management of natural resources through the delivery of local projects.
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board presiding member Felicity-ann Lewis said a portion of each grant must be used to help educate the community and enable people to learn or improve relevant skills.
“We have funded a range of impressive projects, including a citizen science project to enable local volunteers to contribute to monitoring and conservation of the critically endangered Western pygmy possum,” she said.
“Another project involves reducing and removing waste in the Christie Creek catchment area, while the Gawler Environment Centre will stage a sustainable living festival covering everything from renewable energy to soil health and edible weeds.
“The 23 grants total almost $161,000 in NRM levy funding and focus on five categories – information, education and training; coast, estuarine and marine environments; sustainable living; biodiversity protection and water for life.
“They also reflect the wide range of landscapes and issues in the region.”
Dr Lewis acknowledged the efforts of the volunteers who made many of the projects possible.
“These community groups are working hard to make a difference by leading projects that also educate and build local skills.”
Groups could apply for grants of up to $5000 or $10,000.
See a list of projects.