We need your vote

Congratulations to Port Macquarie Campus and Westport Campus projects which are through the initital round for the My Community Grant. To get funding these projects need to be voted on by the Port Macquarie-Hastings community.  Voting details will be provided to assist in the voting process. Voting opens 15 July.

Burrawan Farm - Port Macquarie Campus

Burrawan Farm cultivates community by developing a school Agricultural-Plot and community garden experience in the densely-populated centre of Port Macquarie.

Community gardens/farming contribute to a healthy lifestyle by providing fresh, safe, affordable herbs, fruits and vegetables, helping to relieve stress and increase sense of wellness getting people active. This improves overall physical health, providing social opportunities that build a sense of community and belonging, giving people an opportunity to learn and share knowledge on gardening, nature, aboriginal culture, farm animals and cooking. It connects the broader community with education.

Social ties are essential to the wellbeing of people in our community since they can bring positive health effects and community involvement. These connections help educate students/community on where food comes from and provide opportunity, especially in urban spaces, to engage with their food system providing an inclusive meeting area where people of all ages and cultural backgrounds can come together to share experiences/knowledge of animals, culture and sustainable living.

​The project in partnership with college students and teachers across faculties - hospitality, technical-design/construction, Clontarf Academy, agriculture/science and the whole of school for students as a learning centre. Community groups including local builders, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Aboriginal Land Council, volunteers from Lions, Rotary, Mrs York’s Garden, P&C, nursing homes, church groups, residents, primary and day-care children. The project will be implemented over 12 months.

Why should people vote for your project? 

Reason 1

Improves the health/wellbeing of the community involved. Connects people to their community, simulating social interaction. Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connection.

Reason 2

Beautifies Neighbourhoods.  Produces nutritious food. Creates an opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and health. Preserves green space in populated communities.

Reason 3 

Teaching transferable life-skills through agricultural curriculums. Providing opportunities for students/community to incorporate experiential and real-world learning techniques through agricultural science. 

Precious Plastics Port Macquarie - Westport Campus

Precious Plastic Port Macquarie is a truly sustainable community recycling solution to the ever growing problem of plastic pollution.

Precious Plastic is a global community of over 40,000 people working towards a solution to plastic pollution. By establishing a regional chapter in Port Macquarie, this project will engage students and the general public to help fight the war on plastic waste. Transforming waste plastic into valuable resources will change the way people think about plastic and how they consume it.

Students get to use their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills to manufacture valuable products from materials that we currently consider to be environmentally destructive waste. They also get to educate the community and lobby for policy changes, like the recent banning of single-use plastic bags, which can lead to a significant reduction in the amount of plastic waste that we generate. 

The project will be carried out by the Westport Environment and Sustainability Team (WEST) at Hastings Secondary College. In 2020, WEST will purchase a Shruder machine and create a recycling workspace. The Shruder is a dual purpose, compact, industrial shredder and extruder, purpose built for recycling of used plastics. Students will shred single-use plastic items, which can then either be on-sold to a plastic recyclers or made into new products.

Why should people vote for your project? 

Reason 1

In the past year, Australia has sent 71 million kilograms of recyclable plastic waste to Malaysia. We need innovative solutions! 

Reason 2

Our project will empower the next generation to think globally and act locally to fight the war on plastic waste. 

Reason 3

Precious Plastic Port Macquarie will grow the recycling community by valuing plastics rather than treating them as waste