The Schrinner Council Administration is helping community groups and not-for-profits right across Brisbane install solar panels, buy garden tools and restore the natural apartment with more than $330,000 in grants being awarded.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said he was thrilled to be able to recognise the hard work of 50 community groups through this year’s  Lord Mayor’s 2020/21 Community Sustainability and Environmental Grants program.

“Our community clubs and sporting organisations do fantastic things for the people of Brisbane and these grants will ensure they can also make an impact on the environment and improve their own sustainability,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Whether it’s installing solar panels to reduce energy consumption, restoring natural habitat or purchasing new gardening gear, this funding supports a diverse range of groups through three sections – environmental, sustainability and cultivating community gardens grants.

“These groups are more often than not volunteer based with residents giving their time because they’re passionate about protecting the environment and making Brisbane better.

“As part of this grants round we are proud to support 24 community-driven projects with $213,000 in environmental grants. These projects will support clean and green initiatives including planting native flora and weed control; protecting native flora and fauna; and conserving native bushlands, wetlands and ecosystems.

“A further ten sustainability grants totalling more than $81,500 will go to projects that help reduce energy consumption, improve energy performance and gain financial and environmental benefits.

“To enhance our beautiful pockets of shared community space, the Community Gardens Grant will award 16 projects a slice of almost $36,000.”

Sustainability Grant recipient, Brisbane Netball Association Chairman Scott Christie, said the money would help them cut costs and their impact on the environment by upgrading inefficient lighting on their netball courts.

“Installation of the new lighting system will allow us to provide a brighter, clearer environment for all our players and members,” Mr Christie said.

“By using new LEDs, we will reduce our kilowatt usage by approximately 9000 and save an estimated $2300 in energy costs every year, which is quite significant for a local association.

“This is a big win for us and means that we can continuously lower our costs and redirect money improving other facilities for the netball community.”

Balaangala Community Group received a Cultivating Community Gardens Grant and member Colin Peile, said funding would go towards educating members and the wider community about the whole truth of their shared history.

“This grant will help our community continue to bring together First Nations and non-First Nations people to learn with and from one another through education and storytelling,” Mr Peile said.

“I’m delighted to accept this on behalf of our members, the Elders and community members who supported the development of the timeline project and who work incredibly hard to create a culturally safe place for the community.”

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Cultivating Community Gardens Grants
B4C -Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee Inc Sustainable gardening workshops at B4C’s Sustainability Centre, Carindale. Carindale $2,500.00
Balaangala Community Group Incorporated Installation of an educational display at Balaangala Community garden, Corramulling Park. The Gap $1,331.00
Beelarong Community Farm Assoc Inc Community education workshops at the Beelarong Community Farm. Morningside $1,727.00
Burnie Brae Ltd. Fencing at Chermside Community garden. Chermside $2,154.50
Communify Qld Ltd Purchase of equipment and materials to maintain the community garden and composting hub at Kundu Park Community garden. Kelvin Grove $2,177.38
Communify Qld Ltd To expand and improve the garden beds and purchase equipment at the Brook Community garden. Mitchelton $2,229.94
Communify Qld Ltd Purchase of garden tools to continue soil improvement, sustainability and biodiversity for the Green Corner Community garden. Ashgrove $1,999.29
Communify Qld Ltd Purchase of garden tools and soil for the Chapel Hill Community garden. Chapel Hill $2,499.46
Fitzgibbon Community Centre Ltd Purchase equipment and materials including two raised garden beds for the Fitzgibbon Community garden. Fitzgibbon $1,950.19
Junction Park State School P&C Purchase of vertical gardens, composting station and supplies for plant propagation at the Stephanie Alexander garden, at Junction Park State School. Annerley $2,192.00
Karana Downs and Surrounds Community Garden Hub –  Auspiced by Rotary Club of Karana Downs Inc Create a new sustainable community garden and compost hub at Karana Downs and Surrounds Community garden. Mt Crosby $2,695.00
Sandgate And Bracken Ridge Action Group Incorporated Purchase garden equipment, tools and tool storage system at the Green P Farm. Sandgate $2,200.00
St Lucia Community Garden Purchase and construct four raised garden beds at St Lucia Community garden. St Lucia $2,750.00
Taringa Community Garden Inc. Garden bed construction and equipment for the Taringa Community garden. Toowong $2,236.35
Wellers Hill Bowls Club Inc Purchase equipment and materials for the Community Share Shed, construction and development at Tarragindi Community garden. Tarrangindi $2,481.70
Wynnum Manly Community Gardens Group Replace old garden beds with new wicking beds at Wynnum Manly Community garden. Lota $2,750.00
Sustainability Grants
Arana Contract Bridge Club Upgrade lighting in the clubhouse with energy efficient LED lights. Ferny Grove $5,360.85
Bardon Bowls Club Incorporated Installation of solar PV system. Bardon $10,000.00
Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Energy audit and funding to undertake identified energy reduction actions. Camp Hill $4,000.00
Brisbane Netball Association Inc Upgrade the existing inefficient metal halide lights with LED lights, on two Netball courts. Chermside $10,000.00
Burnie Brae Ltd. Removal of the existing and faulty solar system and install a new, larger system. Chermside $10,000.00
Chermside Bowls Club Inc Upgrade commercial fridge to replace the phased out refrigerant with an alternative. Chermside $3,578.00
Holland Park Hawks Football Club Installation of solar PV system. Camp Hill $10,000.00
The Brisbane Golf Club Inc Upgrade lighting to LEDs and install a solar PV system on the maintenance shed. Yeerongpilly $9,000.00
Weller Hill Bowls Club Inc. Upgrade existing lighting and ceiling fans with new LED energy efficient lighting and electronic fan controls. Tarragindi $9,659.00
Western Districts Netball Association Install storage battery to solar PV system. Graceville $10,000.00
Environmental Grants
Brisbane Catchments Network Inc Riparian zone rehabilitation in Handel Street Park in the Brisbane River Corridor St Lucia – Indooroopilly reach. Greenslopes $10,710.00
Burns Parade Bushcare Group Auspiced by: Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network Inc Weed control in a targeted area of Cubberla Creek in the Kenmore/Chapel Hill area. Chapel Hill $10,300.00
Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network Inc Weed control with a focus on vines along the riparian zone of Cubberla Creek downstream from Moggill Road through Akuna Street Park and Sutling Street Park, Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill $10,250.00
Jindalee Golf Club Incorporated Brush cutting and weed spraying to reduce re-occurrence of non-native vegetation. Installation of jute matting for erosion control, and planting salt tolerant native species at Jindalee Golf Club. Jindalee $16,897.80
Moggill Creek Catchment Management Group Inc Extend the Moggill Creek Catchment Management Group’s nursery potting-up area and provided nursery supplies. Kenmore $10,076.00
Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious Environment Protection Association Inc. Environmental restoration and weed mitigation. Mt Nebo $13,216.50
Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee Operation of the Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee’s native plant nursery. Greenslopes $1,934.95
Oxley Creek Catchment Association Incorporated Rehabilitation of Success Street Park through the management of declared and environmental weeds, including a community and industry planting day. Coopers Plains $18,589.00
Save Our Waterways Now Inc. Nursery propagation and distribution of native plants, for rehabilitation in the waterways.
The nursery partners with the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.
The Gap $18,900.00
St Lucia Golf Course Bushcare Group Auspiced by: Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network Inc Rehabilitate and prepare site for planting tube stock by volunteers, downslope toward Sandy Creek. St Lucia $2,750.00
Sutling Street Bushcare Group Auspiced by: Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network Inc ‍Weed control with a particular focus on vines, and infill planting of a limited number of larger trees to close the tree canopy along the creek, at riparian zone of Cubberla Creek. Chapel Hill $16,500.00
Toowong Creek Roving Rehabilitators Auspiced by: Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network Inc ‍Weed control on the northern side of the Kent Street branch of Toowong Creek.   Planting of native species endemic to the Mt Coot-tha area. Toowong $2,200.00
Brisbane Catchments Network Inc Operational and administrative support for Brisbane Catchments Network including environmental events and on-ground activities. Citywide $7,273.00
Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network Inc Operational and administrative support for Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network including environmental events and on-ground activities. Chapel Hill $8,000.00
Karawatha Forest Protection Society incorporated Administration support for the Karawatha Forest Protection Society. Drewvale $2,420.00
Moggill Creek Catchment Management Group Inc. Operational and administrative support for the native plant nursery including, annual ‘Kids’ Day’ and photographic competition, and attendance at the Brookfield show. Citywide $5,500.00
Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee Operation and administration of the Norman Creek Catchment’s Community Resource and Environmental Education Centre to deliver environmental education and community liaison for on-ground projects. Greenslopes $8,000.00
Ocean Crusaders Foundation Ltd. Operational and administrative support for Ocean Crusaders Foundation. Hemmant $8,000.00
Oxley Creek Catchment Association Incorporated Operational and administration support for the Oxley Creek Catchment Association Centre.  Developing and  implementing restoration, engagement and education projects. Coopers Plains $7,991.00
Queensland Ornithological Society Incorporated Operational and administrative support for ‘The Bower’ for the research and conservation of Queensland birds. South Brisbane $5,202.15
Save Our Waterways Now Inc. Operation and administration support for Save Our Waterways Now, to engage with  members and the broader community. The Gap $7,500.00
The Hut Environmental And Community Association Inc Administration support for The Hut Environmental And Community Association. Chapel Hill $8,800.00
The Trustee for The Moreton Bay Foundation Trust Operational support for the Moreton Bay Foundation to manage projects focused on shorebird monitoring and water quality within Brisbane’s section of Moreton Bay. Citywide $8,000.00
Wolston and Centenary Catchments Administration support for Wolston and Centenary Catchments. Wacol $4,168.13