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Want to make a difference in your community?

Got a big idea and want to make a difference in your community? Yarra City Council is looking for enthusiastic groups wanting to make a difference around sustainability.

In 2015, Council will be working with groups as part of In Your Patch: Local Sustainability in Action – a brand new program that aims to build community connections and capacity, and benefit Yarra’s environment.

These projects could be anything from a training program for your group on sustainable living skills like composting, crafting and energy saving, to a solar panel bulk-buy in your street, to forming a sustainable food co-op at your school, to establishing a neighbourhood sharing hub.

There is a particular focus on linking neighbours and on groups that reflect the diversity of our community.

What’s in it for your group?

Council will help get your project off the ground, with:

  • Advice

  • Connections
  • Training
  • Mentoring

  • Facilitation
  • Help securing funding

The selected groups will receive advice and mentoring on planning and implementing their projects, facilitation and training, and assistance in seeking funding. We can link you up with other groups and projects that are doing similar work, and assist with community engagement, promotion and linking in to relevant parts of Council. We want to help you get your project off the ground.

What kind of projects could be supported?

Sharing, energy saving, bulk-buys, neighbourhood composting, reusing and mending, water harvesting, learning, growing food, creating a co-op, protecting biodiversity – all things sustainability!

Interested? Find out more

Contact your Local Sustainability Facilitator. Call 9205 5769
 or email [email protected] or to speak via a telephone interpreter, call 9280 1940 and ask for Sally MacAdams.

Full information including application details, and translations of the flyer in languages other than English are now online.

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest are open from 5 November to 1 December 2014.

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