Grants to spread the sustainability message
  • Tuesday 30 April 2013

Sunshine Coast students will become everyday ambassadors for the environment, thanks to a $7500 community grant from Sunshine Coast Council’s Environment Levy.

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s Start the Switch program will give students the chance to attend a summit on sustainability and climate change awareness – Environment Portfolio Councillor Tony Wellington said Start the Switch aimed to reach all Coast high schools.

“Start the Switch will deliver presentations at schools, invite students to a youth leadership summit and support school sustainability projects,” Cr Wellington said.

“The program focuses on young people as key players in creating positive environmental change.

“It aims to educate, inspire and empower them to take action.

“Enhancing community awareness of our environment supports council’s vision to become a truly sustainable region.”

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the grants recognise projects and people that help our Coast communities.

“These grants support groups that play an important role in creating a sustainable Sunshine Coast community,” Cr McKay said.

“A key priority of the environment grant category is building community capacity, engagement and participation and Start the Switch will certainly tick those boxes.”

It was one of two projects to receive an environment category grant – Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue was the other.

For further information about council’s grants and funding programs visit the Council's website.