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Illawarra Biodiversity & Food Project

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The Illawarra Biodiversity and Local Food Strategy for Climate Change is a joint project of Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong Councils supported by a grant from the NSW Environmental Trust’s Urban Sustainability Project. The project is a multi-level response to the emerging and urgent sustainability challenges posed by climate change and population pressure to local food security and biodiversity conservation.

The project will provide a regional framework for local food security and biodiversity conservation. Community based activities and creative partnerships will support on-ground projects to actively engage the community in working towards a more equitable and sustainable local food systems, and improved management of our local biodiversity. It seeks to promote food production and consumption opportunities for local people that protect and promote health, are ecologically sustainable and socially equitable. 

Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy

The Illawarra Councils (Wollongong City Council, Kiama Municipal Council, and Shellharbour City Council) received a three year grant from the NSW Environmental Trust to develop and commence implementation of an Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy, as part of the Illawarra Biodiversity and Food Security for Climate Change Project.

You'll find the Illawarra Biodiversity Strategy on our Grow Local: Biodiversity page

 

Project Highlights

The Illawarra Biodiversity and Local Food Strategy for Climate Change project is into its third year. Many achievements have been made to date as part of this project.

Permaculture Design Certificate

Applications closed 14 June 2011

We found 12 people who are committed to sustainability to undertake a Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) in 2011.

Capacity building workshops for residents and volunteers

  • Native Grass Identification (Feb 2011)
  • Eucalypt Identification (Feb 2011)
  • Weed Control for Rural Landholders (Aug 2011)
  • Bird Identification (Sep 2011)
  • Birds in Backyards (July 2011)  
  • Conservation on Private Land (June 2011)
  • Propagation of Local Native and Edible Food Plants (April – May 2011)
  • Illawarra Coastal Walks Program  (Dec 2010 – Feb 2011)
  • Illawarra Regional Food Summit (July 2009)
  • Kiama Public School Living Classroom (2010)
  • Mt Terry Public School Living Clasroom (2011)
  • Coledale Living Classroom (2011)
  • Revised and expanded edition of Low Cost and Free Meals Directory (March 2011) 
  • Recruitment of 15 Illawarra Permaculture Champions (June 2011)
  • Stir it Up! Round 1 (2010)
  • Kiama Community Garden (2009-11)
  • Barrack Heights Community Garden (2009 -11)
  • Kiama Hillside Project (2011)

    Woman at plant propagation workshop

 

 

 

 

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