Get your thinking caps on Hobart

HOBART is a fantastic place to live – parks and native bushland are only ever a stones throw away and many natural waterways weave their way through neighbourhoods to the River Derwent.

The strong sense of connection that the community has with Hobart’s environment is evident in the number of people cleaning up litter, creating better transport routes, protecting native species, growing food and making their homes more energy efficient.

In recognition of this, each year the City of Hobart offers activities and grants to help local schools, community groups and businesses to pursue their environmental projects.

The Dr Edward Hall Environment Grants are now available and applications are due by 13 June 2017 to share in $30,000 worth of funding.

Grants of up to $5000 are available and can be used for projects related to energy efficiency, reducing waste, air quality, water quality, community food gardens, climate change, urban sustainability, sustainable transport, community awareness or local biodiversity.

Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said the grants were a “marvellous way” of helping local communities undertake projects that were relevant to them and made a difference.

“Over the past six years, we have supported more than 40 projects in Hobart, including a creative arts event, an environmental film festival, school recycling initiatives, a community garden food forest, walking school buses and interactive social media campaigns to reduce waste going to landfill in Hobart,” she said.

Last year, the City contributed funding to programs that brought the community together in sustainability endeavours.

This included Carrotmob Hobart, which is a campaign run by Sustainable Living Tasmania to encourage takeaway retailers to switch to compostable packaging.

Through the Carrotmob campaign, people in Hobart were encouraged to visit shops that chose to switch to compostable takeaway packaging and who were happy to accept BYO packaging.

Compostable packaging is now commonplace in Hobart takeaway shops.

“We look forward to receiving applications and being able to help more exciting and innovative projects this year,” Alderman Hickey said.

Applications can be downloaded from the City of Hobart’s website at www.hobartcity.com.au or copies can be obtained from the Hobart Council Centre on the corner of Elizabeth and Davey Streets.

Caption: Shafi Ansari, left, and Mohamed Salien from the Chennai Bismi Kitchen, which switched to compostable packaging as part of Sustainable Living Tasmania’s Carrotmob campaign.

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