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Community Education and Community Advisor Grant Programs

Community Education and Advisor Grant Programs – Trial for Mining and Quarrying Projects

The Community Education and Advisor Grant Programs aim to assist local communities to participate in environmental and planning assessment processes for major new mining and quarrying projects. As a trial, the programs will provide funding to assist local communities where there are proposed new mining or quarrying projects.

The trial will  involve:

  • Community Education: Workshops, clinics and resources have been delivered locally to community members where there are major new mining and quarrying proposals undergoing an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) process.
  • Community Advisor: Funding will be available for eligible not-for-profit community groups to enable them to obtain legal advice and representation during environmental assessment and associated public inquiry processes.

Community Education Grant Program

The Victorian Government allocated approximately $50,000 to specialist community legal centre Environmental Justice Australia to deliver community education workshops and online resources under the Community Education Grant Program.

This program was run in 2018. Through its Community Environmental Legal Service, Environmental Justice Australia delivered online resources, including fact sheets about the environmental and planning assessment process for mines and quarries and legal education sessions for local community members in Glenaladale and Bunyip North. 

Where can I get more information?

More information and contact details can be found on the Community Environmental Legal Service website.

Community Advisor Grants

Community Advisor Grants will be open to not-for-profit community organisations that seek to represent local community interests during public hearings in relation to the:

Two grants of up to $20,000 each will be available to up to two eligible community organisations for the purpose of obtaining legal assistance to participate in public hearings for the Fingerboards process. Another two grants of up to $20,000 each will be available for up to two eligible community organisations for the Bunyip North proposal. 

Further details of the grant application process and grant requirements will be published prior to public hearings being convened for the proposals.

The trial programs will be evaluated after two years to determine whether they have helped to build community confidence in the public assessment of earth resource projects. This will include assessing whether communities feel heard and respected during the process, and the impact on community acceptance of the outcome.