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.
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.
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