Rob Stokes, MP, NSW Minister for Environment, Julia Lee, Mosman Council Environmental Sustainability Officer, Terry Bailey, Deputy Chief Executive, Regional Operations and Heritage, Office of Environment and Heritage. Photo by EventPix.

Mosman Council's Sustainability Program Awarded

Posted Monday 15 December 2014

Mosman Council was honoured to be a finalist in this year’s LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Awards. Council received a Highly Commended for the Living Mosman program in the Community, Education and Empowerment Category (for Division B).

The Living Mosman program is an all-encompassing community education program which focuses on sustainability issues relevant to the residents of Mosman using apps and technology, social media, face to face workshops, guest speakers, and hands on programs to engage with a wide cross section of the community.

Highlights of the Living Mosman program include:

  • 46% increase in number of subscribers to the monthly Living Mosman e-newsletter in the last two years.
  • 95% increase in number of workshops and events the Sustainability Team have organised and delivered.
  • Feedback from project evaluation demonstrates the program success with over 95% of participants stating the workshop/events as very good or good.
  • Over 2,200 downloads of the Walk Mosman app from the iTunes store.
  • Continuing to expose and connect residents to their local environment.
  • Over the past year a variety of new workshops and events have been added to the Living Environment series including: possum and bird nestbox construction workshops, stop motion lessons using recycled materials, wellness gardens, Christmas gift making, and the pedal power cinema.
  • Introduction of inter-generational workshops at the Men’s Shed where community members aged from 5- 75+ worked with the volunteers from the Men’s Shed to make possum and bird nest boxes.
  • Worked collaboratively with other teams and sections within Council which enhanced the working relationships between Council sections and increased the spread of the Living Mosman message. These included: Aged and Disability Services, Youth Centre, Children’s Services, Mosman Library, Mosman Art Gallery and Community Development.
  • Fostered partnerships with community groups including Take 3, Mosman Responsible Runners, Men’s Shed and Mosman Community Gardens.
  • Continued to foster good working relationships and partnerships with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), Taronga Zoo, and NSW DPI.
  • Introduction of Living Mosman social media (www.facebook.com/livingmosman and www.twitter.com/livingmosman) to continue to spread the word about sustainability issues and local events and programs to a wider audience.

Congratulations to all staff and community members involved in the development and delivery of the Living Mosman program.