The Banksia Eco Warriors project started in in January 2008 when our organisation secured a grant under the EcoLiving Grants Program funded by the Victorian Government. While the funded project officially came to an end on the 8th of June 2011, our organisation integrated most of its programs to our core operations, as we believe this work is crucial because of the interrelation between Environment, Health and Social Justice.
The central focus of the original project was to make highly visible modifications to our centre and to our current programs and operations in order to become more environmentally sustainable. Using these modifications as an inspiration, we implemented a number of community development programs to raise awareness and foster community participation in relation to environmental sustainability.
An evaluation report for the project was completed in March 2012.
A volunteer-run bicycle recycle and repair progam which suppors local residents ro repair and maintain their own bicycles. The group also recycles old bikes and sells them at discounted prices. The ultimate objective of the program is to promote cycling as a sustainable and healthy mode of transport. New volunteers welcome!
When: Saturdays, 11am to 3pm at the Banksia Gardens Community Centre.
Since its establishment in late 2008, the community gardens has grown significantly. It now comprises approximately 15 garden beds, a pergola and an orchard with about 20 fruit trees. Apart from the regular volunteers who help out weekly, the community garden has been extremely well supported by the Banksia Gardens Work Skills Program. New volunteers welcome!
We are a passionate group of volunteers and Banksia Gardens Community Services staff who are excited to promote sustainability in the area of Hume.
This group aims to be an open platform for anyone interested in sustainability to suggest projects and events they would like to participate in. We meet regularly (fortnightly or weekly, depending on upcoming events) to brainstorm, develop project ideas and plan events. Anyone is welcome to join at any time.
Banksia Gardens hosts a weekly radio show on a volunteer-run community radio station, NorthWest FM. Environmentality is a light show with a strong environmental theme and plenty of music to keep the planet cool. It goes on air on Wednesdays from midday to 1pm on 98.9 FM. The team of volunteers also maintains a weekly blog from which podcasts of the show can be downloaded. New volunteers are welcome!
Banksia Gardens Community Services is working with local schools, including Hume Valley School and Hume Central Secondary College, to assist them in the process of gaining accreditation under the ResourceSmart Sustainable Schools Initiative Victoria (AuSSi Vic). Our accredited facilitators can provide expert advice to schoos who wish to take part in this initiative, for which funding can be obtained from a number of sources, including the state government, local governments and water authorities.
This program builds on existing achievements and generates high participation of students, parents, staff and the wider school community to, as much as possible, try to integrate sustainability in the school curriculum and practices.
There are several ways in which you can collaborate with the Banksia Eco Warriors Project. If you are interested in helping the project in any way, please contact the staff and Banksia Gardens or send us an email.
We would like to thank Hume City Council for their support of the Resource Smart AuSSi Vic and Broadmeadows Bicycle Hub programs.