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The Recycling Victoria Communities Fund supports local community initiatives that engage the community in local circular economy solutions.
The grants focus on local and regional projects that:
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18 projects received a total of $997,831.
Acres and Acres Co-Op Ltd
Description: Establishing a community commercial-scale worm farm using organic waste collected from local businesses and other facilities
The compost and worm juice will be used at Acres and Acres community gardens, and excess will be sold to local farmers.
Project partners: Island Biologicals
Antiochian Community Support Association (ACSA)
Description: Repairing and upcycling donated uniforms and clothing, which will be donated to second-hand clothing distributors
ACSA will focus on upskilling seniors and youth in the community.
Project partners: City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey, The ARK Clothing Company, Khouri Workwear, St Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church and Portwest Pacific Pty Ltd
Circular Economy Victoria Inc
Description: Supporting the City of Hume community in transitioning to more circular ways of living by making changes at a local government, industry, and community level
Project partners: Victoria University, Rotary Club of Bacchus Marshe and City of Hume
Description: Establishing a sustainability hub to support community education through activities such as composting and worm towers
Project partners: Collingwood Children's Farm, City of Yarra and Cirque Du Soil
Fixable Pty Ltd
Description: Establishing a website comprising:
Geelong Sustainability Group Inc
Description: Engaging around 300 participants in an 8- to 12-week mobile app-based competition during Geelong Design Week (March 2022)
Participants will achieve points by completing sustainability challenges to change community behaviours.
Project partner: Circular Economy Victoria
Hub Foundation Castlemaine Limited
Description: Establishing 10 neighbourhood compost hubs in the backyards of participating households
Each household ('community composters’) will service up to 10 other households.
Project partners: Z-Net/MASC, Green Hand Institute, Mount Alexander Sustainability Group and Grow Great Fruit Program
Leadership Great South Coast Inc
Repurposing, refurbishing and distributing donated children's goods (such as nursery items, prams, car seats, clothing, toys and books) to families in need in the Port Fairy area
Maker Community Inc
Purchasing industrial woodworking tools for the community repair cafe to:
Project partner: Moreland Council
Neighbourhood Collective Australia Ltd
Establishing an op-shop and a ‘slow fashion hub’ to:
Project partners: SisterWorks, Bendigo City Council, The Institute of Imperfection and The Mustard Tree
Bairnsdale Sunrise Rotary
Establishing a mobile dishwashing station that will provide reusable crockery, cutlery and drinkware to stallholders, coffee vans and caterers at markets, festivals and events in and around the East Gippsland region
The project will also involve sending compost food waste from markets and large community events to local gardens and farms.
Shanghai Rebel Pty Ltd
Establishing a community manufacturing hub to make high-visibility industrial uniforms from recycled PET plastic and deliver them in bio-degradable compostable bags
The project will focus on upskilling culturally and linguistically diverse communities and community members who are long-term unemployed.
Span Community House Inc
Project partners: Transition Darebin and Darebin Hard Rubbish Heroes
Upper Goulburn Landcare Network
Dehydrating and composting organic waste from local hospitality businesses, a florist, and a fruit and vegetable shop
Secondary college students will collect and distribute the compost, which will be used in a local market garden and a primary school garden.
Project partners: Grant Street Grocer, Full Bloom and Grow Food Network
Western District Employment Access Incorporated
Project partner: Southern Grampians Shire
Whittlesea Community Connections
Establishing a repair cafe at Mernda Community House – this will be the first repair cafe in the City of Whittlesea
Workshops on sustainable living will also be held at the cafe.
Project partner: City of Whittlesea
Wholefood Unwrapped Collective
Reducing the amount of packaging being used in the hospitality and food service sector by creating reusable containers (such as tubs, crates and insulated bags) for food transportation
Project partner: Melbourne Food Hub
Yarra Valley ECOSS
Establishing a ReCycle Repair hub where youth can receive training on how to recycle old bicycles
The bicycles will be sold or donated locally.
Project partners: Dirt By Girt and Yarra Ranges Council
6 projects received a total of $1,337,788.
Big Group Hug Ltd
Project partner: Caroline Chisholm Society
Living Learning Pakenham Inc
Project partners: PrimeSCI! Swinburne University of Technology, Bedford Park Community Park and Sustainability Hub, Yarra Valley ECOSS, Japara Neighbourhood House, Shire of Cardinia, and Yarra Ranges Council
Reground Pty Lyd
Expanding their current coffee grounds collection service to serve another 19 local government areas and 100 businesses
Reground will also offer soft plastics collection, waste audits, and waste minimisation services.
St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria
Tangaroa Blue Foundation
Project partners: Cleanwater Group, City of Hobsons Bay, City of Kingston, City of Melbourne, City of Greater Dandenong, Maribyrnong City Council, City of Wyndham, Vicinity Centres and University of New South Wales