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Environmental Sustainability Grants

The Banyule Environmental Sustainability Grants provide incentives to new or established local ‘friends’ and conservation groups, schools and individuals to develop various environmental programs and projects that benefit the Banyule community.

Grant applications generally follow the key directions of the Planet Section of Council’s City Plan, and include the conservation of resources, reducing waste and pollution, maintaining and enhancing the natural environment or encouraging environmental stewardship. 

In 2017, $50,000 was available for approved projects (shown below).

For any questions relating to the Grants and a possible application in 2018, please contact our Environmental Officer Sian Gleeson on 9457 9828 or

2017 Environmental Sustainability Grant Recipients

We congratulate all recipients of the Environmental Sustainability Grants and are looking forward to hearing about the project outcomes over the next 12 months!

Grant fund allocation for 2018 will be determined following the Council Budget completion. 




Bundoora Secondary College

Indigenous Commemorative Garden 

 Establishment of an indigenous garden within the school.

Ivanhoe Children's Community Coorperative  

Sprouts Alive 

Establishment of a low maintenance composting system which will recycle the kitchen food waste.  

Wild Melbourne

Community Conservationists 

Profiling of eight environmental community groups within the Banyule region. Promotion of these groups will raise awareness of their work and assist in recruitment of new members. 

Winston Hills PreSchool 

 Solar Panels to Reduce our Carbon Footprint  

Funding for the installation of a solar panel system.  

Mary Immaculate Primary School 

Worms, waste and growth!  

Funding for new compost bins to enable recycling of food waste at the school.    

Rosanna Fire Station Community House 

Solar Panels 

Installation of a solar panel system. Importantly these will be supported by education of staff and community visitors on the value of solar. 

Watsonia Heights Primary School 

Primary School Community Garden 

Installation of ten raised wicking beds to grow vegetables, herbs and native plants. The garden will serve as a central hub for sustainability teaching at the school  

ST Pius X Primary School

Environmental Park 

Funding to further establish garden beds within the community environment park. This planting will provide fresh produce for gardening workshops and community harvesting events. 

Murundaka Cohousing Community

2017-18 Sustainability Workshops

Hosting of five community workshops on key themes of sustainability, including introduction to composting and Beeswax food cover making. 

Watsonia Library Community Garden 

The Garden received funding to introduce new fruit trees. The planting will be supported by educational workshops and community engagement activities. 

 Transition Banyule

Transition to a Safe Climate

Funding for the facilitation of a full day workshop on "Visioning a Transition to a Safe Climate" by Village Well.

 Darebin Parklands Association Inc 

A natural connection for the Banyule community   

Funding has been secured by DPA to run two community engagement events which aim to draw new people to the site to share and enjoy the beautiful parklands.   

 Home Compost Doctor on E-Bike 3081 Steering Committee    

Home Compost Doctor  

Funding for an electric bike, that will enable the group to deliver zero carbon advice to locals regarding the bet compost system for their home. 

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