Olive Pink Botanic Gardens is a popular destination for visitors to Alice Springs and the Local Community attracting over 45 000 visitors per year. OPBC hosts an increasing number of events including the desertSMART EcoFair, film festivals, concerts, conferences, weddings and functions. The responsibility to act as a demonstration to the local community and visitor’s in best practice waste management is core to OPBC’s sustainable vision.
Grant funding will contribute towards the Resource Recovery category of Keep Australia Beautiful Council Northern Territory Environmental Program, making available to Northern Territory rural and remote community program participants provision of services, information, assistance and access to community site specific resource recovery plans and strategies.
The main area of activity focus within the TTT Program includes resource recovery, litter abatement, energy conservation, water conservation and Climate Change Actions.
Grant funding will contribute towards the Litter Abatement category of Keep Australia Beautiful Council Northern Territory Environmental Program, making available to Northern Territory rural and remote community program participants the provision of services, information, assistance and access to community site specific litter abatement plans and strategies.
Dhimurru will purchase another composting toilet for installation at Manangaymi (Scout Camp). Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation has previously successfully installed three Clivus Multrum composting toilets in their Indigenous Protected Area over the past three years. The units have all been highly effective in reducing the significant impact of uncontrolled waste deposition at the more highly visited recreational areas within the IPA.
The Alice Springs Community Gardens Network Compost Education project will work with members and the broader community (including schools, workplaces and businesses) to develop and test at least two central composting systems located at urban Community Garden sites. To further enhance the education component, a series of on-site training sessions, interpretative signage and website materials will also be developed.
An important step in preventing the spread of weeds is educating the general public. This weed identification booklet represents a low cost strategy to mobilise the public in the fight against weeds. The proposed booklet will be a simple, laminated, pocket sized publication aimed at assisting gardeners in the quick and easy identification of common backyard weeds. The booklet will be free and available through nursery outlets.
This project aims to develop effective methods of monitoring and managing cats in the Top End. The li-Anthawirriyarra Sea Rangers have already secured funding to initiate a cat and small mammal monitoring program and conduct broad scale cat baiting on West Island. EnvironmeNT Grant funding, will enable follow-up control including trapping (using softjaw leghold traps and cage traps) and shooting. The funding will pay for transport costs (boat hire) during field work, and the expertise of a feral animal expert to assist the Sea-Rangers.
The EnvironmeNT project funds will be used to continue work to control and eradicate Olive hymenachne at Fogg Dam.
In the Gulf region, data on the distribution, abundance and impacts of feral animals such as feral cattle, buffalo, horses, donkeys and pigs are fragmentary. Robust, up to date information on feral animals is particularly required by land managers wanting to conserve and restore cultural and biological resources.
This project builds on a developing collaboration between the Garawa Rangers and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy in the Gulf Region. It aims to conduct joint surveys on the Waanyi Garawa ALT and AWC’s Pungalina Seven Emu sanctuary including:
This project aims to increase the awareness and fire-preparedness of local residents of Alice Springs. Working with project partners involved in weed management and bushfire preparedness ALEC aims to increase community participation in these fields. The project involves bringing widespread media attention to the issues and concerns of weeds and fire.