Esperance Growers Market and Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council received a funding boost

Sustainability promoting groups have received a boost thanks to the Community Grants Scheme.

Esperance Growers Market received $9600 for the Waste Not Want Not program.

Under the initiative, the market will run two group workshops a month that focus on waste management and reduction topics, as well as two further workshops focused on the creation and distribution of ‘upcycled’ reusable shopping bags.

Market president Kylie Ryan said the purpose of the initiative was to encourage local produce and sustainability

“The main focus of our funding is to run group workshops that will help up skill people,” she said.

“We want to share those skills with the community to help reduce, reuse and recycle.

“But also in the hope that some people might become little micro businesses through this.”

Ms Ryan said the initiative would also ensure Esperance was more secure.

“In the event that there is a natural disaster we can become cut off quite easily,” she said.

“If we know that we have good local food sources, it gives us greater security as a community.

Ms Ryan said the group’s next step would be to develop a workshop calendar that would get information out into the community

The Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council also received $7781 through the grants scheme to run community workshops focused on upcycling marine litter into usable items and decorative pieces, helping avoid single-use rubbish. 

The Art for Waste Awareness workshops will highlight the environmental impact of plastic and provide guidance to the community on how to minimise non-biodegradable materials in their day-to-day lives.

The two groups are among 26 community organisations throughout WA who will receive a share of $242,657 in grants to improve waste, recycling and community education efforts.

WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the grants would help to achieve the government’s goal of diverting municipal solid waste from landfill.

“Initiatives like these help increase awareness and education around our understanding of the benefits of waste avoidance, reuse and recycling,” he said.

“I commend these groups for their efforts and look forward to the outcomes of these innovative and engaging projects.”