Canberra community groups receive funding for climate action

Australian Greens

$150,000 will be granted to four climate change projects under the Community Zero Emissions Grants program, now in its seventh year.

Minister for Water, Energy, and Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury said he was pleased to see funding granted to projects that support the energy transition and support community members to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“From a nation-leading research centre to grass-roots community organisations, these grant recipients showcase practical, engaging and collaborative solutions to reduce emissions and improve climate resilience in our community.” Minister Rattenbury said.

“The Canberra community has demonstrated time and time again that they are serious about taking action on climate change, and the Community Zero Emissions Grants program helps support organisations to deliver innovative community-led solutions to the climate crisis.

“This year the successful projects prioritise community education and participation and prepare our city for a net-zero emissions future. Projects include interactive education experiences to engage Canberrans in the energy transition, and community projects aimed at keeping waste out of landfill and reducing emissions at home.

“Another project supports the Belconnen Model Aero Club to purchase an electric lawnmower which will be powered using renewable energy generated from the club’s solar and battery system, and will be used to help rehabilitate the Crace Grasslands Nature Reserve.

“I look forward to seeing the successful projects delivered and benefits they will bring to our community. Projects like these are important for preparing our city for a net zero emissions future and can help to inspire us all to take action on climate change,” Minister Rattenbury said.

The successful applicants for round 7 of the grants are:

  • The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science: $49,191 – Interactive STEM experiences focused on the energy transition.
  • Belconnen Model Aero Club: $28,803 – purchase of a new zero-emissions lawn mower to complete the club’s transition from fossil fuels and is a demonstration project to other similar groups.
  • SEE Change: $34,004 – a series of workshops and a new online portal to help the community reduce emissions at home through carbon capture.
  • Women’s Shed Canberra: $37,760 – a series of travelling community workshops aimed at developing construction trade-based skills through restoring, reusing and repurposing household items.

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