Sustainability Coordinator

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It is a nine month fixed term contracted position.

Purpose: To increase the environmental sustainability of the communities of Sumner, Redcliffs, Mt Pleasant and Heathcote Valley by:
• Enhancing and encouraging participation in community gardening/food forests and other food related initiatives.
• Reducing waste (e.g. reducing the use of plastic, community composting etc.)
• Supporting predator-free initiatives (both existing and new)
• Supporting other local environmental initiatives where appropriate
• Developing capacity within existing volunteer and TimeBanking networks to run a programme on a long term basis.
• Increased community participation in local food-related projects
o Food forests
o Community gardens
• Reduced waste – e.g. fewer plastic bags being used, community composting
• A reduction in predator species and pests (possums, feral cats, rabbits etc.)
• An increase in native birdlife
• An even stronger sense of community.
This will be a coordinated approach across the Eastern bays areas.
It will involve:
• Partnerships between existing projects, organisations, schools etc.
• It will include TimeBanking and volunteerism
• The development of new partnerships and collaborations
• Developing a Year of Education

This project not only promotes sustainability, it will be executed in a sustainable way. ‘A year of education’ will be run through the local TimeBank as a learning exchange empowering the community to tap into local skills knowledge and resources (a sustainable practice in its own right). The underlying objective is to create opportunities for local participation, connection, collaboration, and co-creation, using the resources available. “you have what you need if you use what you have”. This is about creating active citizenship around environmental sustainability and resilience within the Bays area (Heathcote to Taylors Mistake).

Educational topics will be based around inspiring positive change in areas such as:
• Reducing consumption and disposing of waste
• How and where to recycle
• Growing our own food
• Gardening skills – permaculture, chemical free sprays
• Eradication of predators
• Our mode of transport — alternative options
The learning events will be designed to connect residents into existing initiatives such as community gardens, fruit and vegetable swaps, food forests, predator free and local planting initiatives, etc. as well as provide the opportunity for new ideas to emerge.