Community Assistance Program Projects

CAP - Projects

There are many ways that local residents and groups are protecting, maintaining and enhancing our natural environment and strengthening our community capacity to live sustainably.  

The Environment and Sustainability grant category under Council's Community Assistance Program is designed to support community-led environment and sustainability initiatives, and further the objectives of Council’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy. 

The Environment and Sustainability Scheme was launched in early 2019. Congratulations to the following organisations that have already received funding and support for their initiatives under the new Scheme.

Capricornia Catchments - Helping Capricornia's yellow chat and a few of their friends

The Rockhampton Region is home to the critically endangered Capricorn yellow chat and a range of other significant bird species including the bar-tailed godwit, curlew sandpiper, greater sand plover and lesser sand plover. Significant breeding and habitat areas are located around the Fitzroy delta's wetlands and associated grasslands on seasonally inundated marine plains (this includes areas in Bajool, Marmor and Port Alma). Capricornia Catchments are seeking funding from local industry and the Queensland Government Threatened Species Program to support local management initiatives in line with the Australia Government's species recovery plan. This grant provides seed funding to coordinate preliminary planning and site work.

Key expected outcomes:

  • Explore opportunities to educate and involve neighbouring landholders in the protection and restoration of critical habitat areas.
  • Increase the area of habitat being managed for recovery by coordinating on-ground restoration works at a significant habitat site (Bajool) in conjunction with the landholder, Birdlife Capricornia and Capricornia Corrections Centre.
  • Assist volunteers to develop on-ground identification and fieldwork skills, as well as knowledge of survey and monitoring methods.

This project received assistance from Rockhampton Regional Council’s Community Assistance Program – Environment and Sustainability Scheme in August 2019.

Project status: Active
Project delivery: August 2019 to June 2020
Project partners: Rockhampton Regional Council, Capricornia Catchments, Birdlife Capricornia and Capricornia Corrections Centre

Capricorn Conservation Council - Communicating for conservation, website upgrade

Capricorn Conservation Council is the principal not-for-profit environmental organisation in Central Queensland. The community-based conservation group was established in 1973 and works to engage in discussion, collaboration, education and on-the-ground activities which promote conservation of our environment. Capricorn Conservation Council’s Hut is located on Council land at Haigh Park Rockhampton, is governed by a Management Committee made up of a group of dedicated volunteers and employs a full time Coordinator and a part time Project Officer (with both positions funded by the State Government). This grant provides funding to help upgrade this not-for-profit community group’s website.

Key expected outcomes:

  • A fully revised and functional website which helps to empower the community to understand the value of our natural environment and better engage in activities to protect, maintain and enhance this environment.
  • Integration of existing databases, website content and other information into a single website.
  • A training manual, procedures, social media policy and privacy statement, suitable to support the good governance and long-term operation of the website.
  • Training of staff and committee members.

This project received assistance from Rockhampton Regional Council’s Community Assistance Program – Environment and Sustainability Scheme in August 2019.

Project status: Active
Project delivery: August 2019 to June 2020
Project partners: Rockhampton Regional Council and Capricorn Conservation Council

Drain Buddies – Stormwater source reduction trial

This project aims to protect our local environment by trialling source reduction and behaviour change initiatives that prevent litter from entering our drains, waterways, the Fitzroy River and Great Barrier Reef. The 12 month trial will be delivered as part of a larger regional project involving the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Local Marine Advisory Committee and local community. This funding addresses a shortfall in available grant funding and enables delivery of the full trial within our Region.

Key expected outcomes:

  • Install and trial use of ‘Drain Buddies’ (litter traps) in a local litter hotspot.
  • Collect and analyse data on the type and volume of litter intercepted by the Drain Buddies.
  • Identify a key litter item to be targeted as part of a community behaviour change and source reduction project.
  • Assess the benefits and cost effectiveness of potential larger scale source reduction activities.

This trial was funded by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and also received funding assistance from Rockhampton Regional Council’s Community Assistance Program – Environment and Sustainability Scheme in June 2019.

Project status: Active
Project delivery: June 2019 to June 2020
Project partners: Capricorn Coast Local Marine Areas Committee, Fitzroy Basin Association, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Capricornia Catchments, Rockhampton Regional Council, Livingstone Shire Council, Gladstone Regional Council

Capricorn Yellow Chat – Habitat restoration works

This project aims to deliver habitat restoration works to support the critically endangered Capricorn yellow chat within the Rockhampton Region. There are only around 250 Capricorn yellow chats left in the wild and without adequate breeding habitat their numbers will continue to decline. Birdlife Capricornia continues to educate, advocate and act for species conservation and habitat protection across the Region.

This project received assistance from Rockhampton Regional Council’s Community Assistance Program – Environment and Sustainability Scheme in June 2019.

Project status: Active
Project delivery: June 2019 to June 2020
Project partners: Rockhampton Regional Council and Birdlife Capricornia

Tucker time – Food rescue program

MDA’s Tucker Time Food Rescue program works with local suppliers to collect edible food that would otherwise go to waste. The food is used to support the training of Certificate I Hospitality trainees that employs disadvantaged job seekers and is distributed to not-for-profit organisations and to disadvantaged people within our local community. This project aims to raise the profile of food waste alternatives and to draw attention to the good work that can be done with food that would have historically gone to waste.

Key expected outcomes:

  • Launch event to raise the profile of the program and food waste alternatives.
  • Recipe cards / recipe book for commonly donated or left over food to be included with MDA’s food bank hampers.
  • Demonstration stall at Tropicana 2019 or similar community event to raise the profile of food rescue within the community and highlight opportunities for the community to donate food, volunteer assistance or access food hampers.

This project received assistance from Rockhampton Regional Council’s Community Assistance Program – Environment and Sustainability Scheme in June 2019.

Project status: Active
Project delivery: June 2019 to June 2020
Project partners: Rockhampton Regional Council and Multicultural Development Australia