16 June 2022

Wagga receives funding for environmental developments

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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South Wagga Rotary Rocky Hill Regeneration funding from the CSU Community University Partnerships Grant Program will help make the hill more biodiverse. Photo: Wagga City Council.

Wagga has received almost $2000 in funding to deliver environmental projects under Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) community grants program.

The Rock Central School and South Wagga Rotary Rock Hill Regeneration both received the Environmental Sustainability Stream in the 2022 Charles Sturt Community University Partnerships (CUP) Grant Program.

The CUP is a small grants program (maximum project value is $1000) designed to support the regions’ development.

The development is done through contributions to cultural, economic, sporting and related activities and to build higher education aspiration and awareness, particularly among young people in rural and regional communities.

The Rock Central School received $1000 and the South Wagga Rotary Rocky Hill Regeneration received $952 in funding.

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The Rock Central School agriculture teacher Scott Callaghan said the school was delighted to receive the funding.

“The grant will go towards purchasing earthworms to assist in breaking down the organic material within our school’s veggie gardens,” he said.

“In addition to academia, our school strives to inspire students to learn how to recycle their scraps and grow their own vegetables, which this funding supports.”

South Wagga Rotary Rocky Hill Regeneration coordinator Milena Dunn said their funding would help make Rocky Hill more biodiverse.

“As custodians, we’re working to keep Rocky Hill woody weed-free,” she said.

“The funding will go towards kangaroo-proof fencing that will protect any vulnerable native tree saplings from being destroyed as kangaroos cross Kooringal’s Rocky Hill in search of food.”

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The Rock Central School’s funding from the Charles Sturt University Community University Partnerships Grant Program will go towards earthworms to assist in breaking down the school’s organic waste. Photo: Rocky Hill Central School.

South Wagga Rotary’s Rocky Hill Regeneration was the NSW Environmental Citizen of the Year runner-up at the 2022 Australia Day Awards.

CSU sustainability manager Edward Maher said the University is proud to support projects that drive sustainable practices in regional communities.

“The CUP grants program is another example of how the University continues to be a leader in higher education global sustainability,” Mr Maher said.

In 2021, CSU offered more than $59,000 in funding for local non-profit community groups and educational institutions as part of the CUP Grant Program.

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Applications for the 2023 CUP Grant Program will open at the beginning of next year.

Grants of up to $1000 can be put towards equipment and material purchases, workshops, and catering for projects that fall within the categories of arts and culture, sports development, education development, health and wellbeing and environmental sustainability.

Applications can be made through the CSU grants page online. For more information email [email protected]

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