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Bug Blitz

Bug Blitz Grants Program

Bug Blitz Grants Fund Local Projects that Engage Youth with the Environment and Arts.

In an innovative approach described as ‘friendly shark tank’, seven community groups from across North East Victoria were invited to ‘Show Us Your Pitch’ for a share of $10,000 in Bug Blitz grant funding. The Bug Blitz grants are aimed at supporting the initiation of projects that engage the community in the environment, the arts and youth.

Our thanks to all the community groups who responded to the Expression of Interest (EOI) and to those who participated in the Pitch process. The creativity, energy and enthusiasm displayed by all groups was of a consistently high standard, which made the selection of the successful recipients a very tough job for the Show Us Your Pitch panel.

Our congratulations to the three projects that were successful in securing funding:

The AVCLP Bug Blitz project team were greatly impressed with the quality and the creativity of all of the projects put forward. The three projects funded demonstrated a very strong focus on the environment, arts and youth, with solid implementation plans in place for delivering the project outcomes.

The team behind the ‘Bring Ya Bug Along’ projectBased on the high quality of the projects put forward, all seven finalist projects have been presented to the Hugh Williamson Board (who administer the Bug Blitz Trust), with encouragement to make direct contact with those projects they may wish to support directly.

The team behind the ‘Bring Ya Bug Along’ project.
From left: Stacee Staunton-Latimer, Senior Project Officer, Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre; Kathe Le Busque, Project Officer (& water bug expert!), Patuarus Education Group; and Natalie Ord, Principal Photographer, Manifaesto Photography.

Students and Staff at the Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre have creative plans for the construction of their sensory garden.
From left: Steven Fouracre  (teacher-kneeling); Jack Vennin; Trey Mather; Gage Hodgkin (on top); Reece Boon; Kirtis Todd; Josh Hawkins; Sasha Newman and Linda Fish (Art teacher- kneeling)

The Centre’s Kerry Strauch (left) and Wangaratta Sustainability Network’s Rowan O’Hagan (right) watch on as Caleb Long captures an environmental moment.

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Previous Bug Blitz Projects

Other Victorian Bug Blitz Projects

Check out some of the projects from across Victoria that have blossomed with help from a Bug Blitz grant.

2014 AVCLP Project - Frog Bog

In 2014 AVCLP partnered with the North East Catchment Management Authority and St. Joseph's Primary School Beechworth's Sustainability Committee.

An unsightly overgrown open table drain that runs into Spring Creek, Beechworth was identified as an area in need of improvement. In partnership with Indigo Shire Council, approval was sought to reconstruct the area to make use of stormwater runoff, and to make a habitat for water plants and animals.

Planting days with the community and school children developed the site and the land was transformed into a wetland of specialised frog bog pools that will provide important habitat for a wide range of native flora, fauna and macro invertebrates. The whole school embraced the project and every year level completed a course of study looking at wetlands, invertebrates and natural ecosystems.

The Frog Bog will also serve as an excellent ongoing outdoor classroom for students to learn about biodiversity, whilst also providing a practical environmental ecosystem service by filtering stormwater running off the street before it reaches nearby Spring Creek.

Martin Carlson and Peter Sacco An overgrown table drain in revegetated

Photo left: Martin Carlson from the Hugh Williamson Foundation and Peter Sacco from NECMA launch the new program
Photo right: An overgrown table drain is revegetated

AVCLP Board Members and attendees Children's Artwork

Photo left: AVCLP Board members Emma Avery, David Guy and Anthony Griffiths with Indigo Shire Deputy Mayor Cr Peter Croucher, Martin Carlson from the Williamson Foundation, NECMA’s Peter Sacco and St Joseph’s PS Principal Kitty Hancock
Photo right: Children’s artwork displayed around the school reflects the project