Woollahra Council awards $65,000 in grants to support local initiatives

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Woollahra Council awards $65,000 in grants to support local initiatives

Published 23 July 2021

A school uniform textile rescue program, a virtual reality experience to support the wellbeing of elderly residents, and a harbour and beach clean-up initiative are among the recipients of more than $65,000 in funding awarded to local community groups, charities and schools as part of Woollahra Council’s Grants Program.

Grants were awarded across two categories: Community and Cultural Grants providing funding of up to $7,500, and Environmental Grants of up to $2,000, for projects that work towards a connected, liveable, vibrant and creative community, and implementation of sustainability projects that protect or enhance the local environment.

With the assistance of Community and Cultural Grants, the University of New South Wales and Holdsworth Community will collaborate on an immersive VR project designed to bring nature walks to elderly residents unable to access local parks and reserves, and mental health support will be available to local young people via harm minimisation and health education project A WAYS Safe Summer.

Successful Environmental Grant applicant Glenmore Road Public School in Paddington will introduce a program which will prevent over 100kg of textile waste from uniforms going to landfill each year, while Splash Without the Trash will run monthly clean-ups to remove litter from Rose Bay and surrounding beaches.

“Our project is designed to create a long-term commitment to improving the local environment,” Splash Without the Trash founder Charlotte Evans said.

“We hope to benefit any members of the Woollahra community who are interested in environmental action, being part of a community group with a shared passion for learning more about plastic pollution, and who want to get outdoors and exercise while doing something good on a Sunday morning.”

Woollahra Mayor, Councillor Susan Wynne thanked all grant recipients at a special online presentation ceremony held on 21 July.

“Your organisations and innovative programs will contribute to making Woollahra a better place to live, and improve the quality of life for our residents, especially those who are most vulnerable,” Mayor Wynne said.

“Now more than ever we all need opportunities for human connection, interaction, creativity and support. Each of your projects will achieve this, and collectively you will make a big difference in the lives of our community members.

“On behalf of Council, I thank the staff and volunteers of each of your organisations for your commitment to Woollahra, be it through the provision of community services, engagement opportunities, cultural activities or environmental initiatives.”

For more information, including details on each of the successful recipients, visit Woollahra Council’s Grants program.

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