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Bug Blitz Trust

Bug Blitz Trust used their $5000 2018/19 community support program funding to give 420 Sale-based students hands-on learning about sustainable fishing and waterway health through a series of field days.

The support enabled Bug Blitz to engage an expert in freshwater ecology and fish, and work with the local students. They also provided an aquaculture workshop, follow-up classroom experiments for schools investigating life in Flooding Creek, and applied a problem solving approach sustainable and responsible fishing practices. Students used nets to capture macroinvertebrates, identified the various species present in the Flooding Creek ecosystem, and conducted carp autopsies to identify internal organs of the pest species. It was all to raise awareness of sustainable and responsible fishing practices.

Bug Blitz is a not-for-profit environmental organisation who focusses on raising awareness and knowledge of the importance of biodiversity conservation in sustainable communities. Since 2008, they have planned and implemented over 300 biodiversity-focussed field days involving 30,000 participants.


Gippsland Rotary Centenary House

In 2018/19, Gippsland Rotary Centenary House received $5000 in funding to install a new water tank, helping to reduce operating costs. The tank was installed in May 2019, and the water collected from the tank is used onsite in toilets, washing machines and gardens, minimising the amount of treated water used. It also helps maintain the gardens that are a haven for guests, making their stay more relaxing.

Gippsland Rotary Centenary House has a long history of providing support and accommodation to Gippsland-based oncology patients and families in times of need. In 2017/18, they provided over 2700 nights’ accommodation across the 17 rooms for patients and families accessing medical treatment at Latrobe Regional Hospital. Of those, over 90% reside in Gippsland.


Mirboo North Golf Club

The Mirboo North Golf Club used the funding they received in 2018/19 to install a water irrigation system for fairways one and five. The system allows the club to use recycled water from the Mirboo North wastewater treatment plant to water their fairways, which allows the club to conserve precious drinking water.

The community support program has also helped keep their fairways greener than ever before, which has attracted more people to use the golf course, including locals who now walk their dogs across the grass regularly.

The club has close to 200 members, and has approximately 10,000 rounds played each year. The course is open to the public and the club provides weekly Friday night counter meals in a friends and welcoming family environment.


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Gippsland Water supplies fresh clean drinking water to more than 70,000 customers, and wastewater services to more than 63,000 customers across an area of more than 5,000 square kilometres. It maintains a $1 billion infrastructure network, which includes more than 2,000 kilometres of water mains, 15 water treatment plants, over 1,700 kilometres of sewer mains and 14 wastewater treatment plants.

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