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.

Wycarbah and District Landcare Group - Weed control through shared resources

The Wycarbah and District Landcare Group supports its local community to increase awareness and participation in natural resource management through a range of group activities, field days, property tours and newsletters. The Group sought funding to support the purchase of a portable weed spray unit for shared use by the local community. They also intend to work with the Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator to run a weed identification day and chemical application training for local landholders. Council's funding contribution assists the Group to build local capacity to identify and effectively treat pest plants in the parishes of Wycarbah and Kalapa.

Key expected outcomes:

  • Purchase of a portable weed spray unit for shared community use.
  • Local weed identification day and chemical application training for local landholders.
  • Increased landholder capacity to identify and effectively treat pest plants (including parthenium, lantana, rubbervine, prickly acacia, giant rats tail grass, mother of millions, parkinsonian, harrisia cactus and others).
  • Supporting local agricultural industry to be more proactive in managing their biosecurity obligations, whilst protecting native vegetation and biodiversity.

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

Project status: Active
Project delivery: November 2019 to September 2020
Project partners: Rockhampton Regional Council, Wycarbah and District Landcare Group. Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator

Waraburra State School P&C Association - Growing our knowledge

Waraburra State School's P&C is developing a new outdoor learning space for sustainability-based educational opportunities within the school grounds at Gracemere. This project will help students to learn how to grow food, practice sustainability and engage in real-life learning experiences that will teach life-long skills. Council's funding contribution assists the P&C to help students to grow their own food and in doing so, instil in the students an understanding of healthy eating and respect for themselves, the environment and the community.

Key expected outcomes:

  • Establishment of a new outdoor learning space at Waraburra State School, incorporating fruit trees, vegetable gardens, compost bins, worm farms, insect hotels and natural bird attracting elements.
  • Increased connection and involvement of students, teachers and parents in all facets of planning, preparation, harvesting and ongoing maintenance of the gardens.
  • Increased sustainability as students learn how to grow their own food, whilst also observing the connections between pollinators and pests, seasonal changes, plant growth and water-wise gardening.
  • Fresh produce will be made available via the schools tuckshop, encouraging healthy eating and a sense of pride in the students achievements.
  • The use of compost bins and worm farms will also help students to divert waste from landfill, whilst enriching garden soil.

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

Project status: Active
Project delivery: November 2019 to September 2020
Project partners: Rockhampton Regional Council, Waraburra State School P&C Association, Waraburra school community

Berserker Street State School P&C Association - Automatic watering system for kitchen garden

Berserker State School's P&C has challenged the Year 6 students to design a sustainable automatic water system for the school's kitchen garden. Council's funding contribution assists the P&C to help students to design, install and maintain a watering system that not only helps to increase their ability to grow their own fruit and vegetables but also helps them to learn about the principles of using water wisely.

Key expected outcomes:

  • As part of the Year 6 Science and Technology Unit, students will design, install and maintain a sustainable watering system within the school’s kitchen garden.
  • Students will work together to review different options and seek input and expertise from across the school community.
  • It is anticipated that the watering system will increase the school’s ability to grow their own fruit and vegetables year round, whilst also helping students to learn about using water wisely.
  • Each year, the Year 6 cohort will revisit the project, ensuring it is well-maintained and where appropriate, adding to or designing adaptations to the watering system.

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

Project status: Active
Project delivery: November 2019 to September 2020
Project partners: Rockhampton Regional Council, Berserker Street State School P&C Association, Berserker Street school community

Emmaus College P&F Association - Partnering for sustainability

Emmaus College's P&F is supporting the Student Sustainability Committee to increase sustainability awareness and action across the school community. Students have established a partnering arrangements with CQUni. They have informal links with indigenous elders in the local community and already have an active yarning circle with native plants. This project seeks to extend on this work by creating opportunities for students to take an active role in developing and maintaining further native plant gardens, bush tucker plantings and worm farms. Council's funding contribution will assist the P&F to purchase materials to support the Student Sustainability Committee, helping students to learn about and support these sustainability initiatives around the school.

Key expected outcomes:

  • Emmaus College will host an educational day for junior high school students at Emmaus College, involving guest speakers from CQUni.
  • Establishment of additional native plant and bush tucker gardens, to create wildlife habitat, support native pollinators and increase awareness of the value of our local flora and fauna.
  • Establishment of a worm farm to help students to take an active role in using food scraps to enrich garden soils, whilst also reducing waste to landfill.

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

Project status: Active
Project delivery: November 2019 to September 2020
Project partners: Rockhampton Regional Council, Emmaus College P&F Association, CQUni, indigenous elders and the Emmaus school community

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