Community projects brought to life with Project Robin Hood funding

5 July 2021

Six community-driven projects have received a share of more than $95,000 in Project Robin Hood funding.

The City of Melville is proud to announce the six community-driven projects that have received a share of more than $95,000 as part of its Project Robin Hood program.

Established in 2013, Project Robin Hood is a participatory funding program, where community initiatives that bring people together and build better neighbourhoods are developed, decided and delivered by the people.

During round five of the program, more than 2,660 community members went online to Melville Talks on the City’s website to review 13 projects up for consideration and vote for those they wanted to see happen.

Six projects received the full amount of their project budget to the total of $95,046 and the remaining balance from the $100,000 funding pool has been offered to a seventh project with the next greatest number of community votes.

City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP congratulated the successful recipients and thanked everyone who took part, whether they were a part of a project team or by voting.

“Project Robin Hood highlights how lucky we are to have so many creative, passionate and dedicated individuals and groups who are leading great community ideas and building better neighbourhoods,” said Mayor Gear.

The successful projects span the suburbs of Brentwood, Applecross, Leeming, Booragoon, Willagee and Bull Creek and will help conserve and enhance natural spaces and create new places for the community to come together and connect.

“The project teams have developed six fantastic initiatives that will contribute to our community’s aspirations of Clean and Green, Sense of Community and Healthy Lifestyles,” said Mayor Gear.  

“I look forward to following their progress and seeing how they contribute to making the City of Melville an even better place to live, work and play.”

Since Project Robin Hood’s inception in 2013, $445,949 has been distributed to more than 41 projects that bring people together to create vibrant, sustainable and connected communities.

To find out more about Project Robin Hood, visit our Project Robin Hood V engagement page.

Image: Brentwood Primary School principal Donna Bridge with students Alex Cooper (11), Charlotte Dempsey (11), Eseose Itotoh (11), Dewi Jones (11), Joshua Lum (10) and teacher Michelle Pyzik. The school will use Project Robin Hood funding to create and install interactive flora and fauna signs at Blue Gum Lake Reserve. 

Funded projects

Booragoon Sensory Playground and Sound Garden ($19,298)

Booragoon Primary School P&C will create a sensory playground in the early childhood outdoor space. It will provide an opportunity for physical and creative play with different textures, sounds, feels, sizes, shapes and smells. The community is invited to enjoy the sensory playground and sound garden after school and on weekends.

Leeming Community Nature Play Space ($8,500)

The project team will create a natural play and exploration area and a yarning circle with timber logs and tree trunks repurposed and designed for play on the oval of Leeming Senior High School (SHS). The space will support educational opportunities of students at Leeming SHS during the school day, and promote an inclusive, shared community for all residents. Leeming SHS oval is a shared community space, used by local families for sports and play.

Interactive Signs for Blue Gum Lake Reserve ($19,798)

Students and staff from Brentwood Primary School will install new signs at Blue Gum Lake Reserve to make it easier to learn about local flora and fauna. The students will research the flora and fauna around the reserve, create informative and entertaining videos on the species they discover, and then share the videos via QR codes attached to signpost distributed around the lake. The signs will also include local Aboriginal names of native plants and animals within the reserve for cultural awareness.

Kids Love Bushland ($7,900)

The Applecross Primary School Green Lab Team are working to bring the bushland around their school back to life. Together with a variety of adult experts from local environment groups including Millennium Kids, the volunteer student team will clear the bushland of weeds and invasive plants, and then revegetate the area with native seedlings that once grew in the area. The Green Lab Team will then develop the area so that can spend time in the bushland and learn more about it while still protecting it. This will include pathways and an outdoor classroom space. 

Roy Neal Community Planting Project ($20,000)

The project team will work to establish 6,000 native plants under the trees at Roy Neal Reserve in Willagee. This project will reinvigorate the parkland by creating several pockets of sustainable native understorey areas and natural landscape features to attract native birds, beneficial bees and pollinator insects. It will help provide an interesting, healthy and balanced ecosystem, maximising the aesthetics of the park, and optimising the benefit of the local park for exercise use, by pets and for nature-based children’s play, that can be enjoyed by the diverse local community.

Ship Shape Nature Circuit ($19,550)

The Bull Creek Primary School P&C and local community will come together to install the Ship Shape Nature Circuit, which includes a wooden lookout, balance planks, chin up bars, stepping logs, soft fall and tyres. The community will source and install rocks, logs, used tyres and undertake landscaping to complement the main elements of the playground. It will be a place for families to meet, play and make friendships after school and on weekends, and help kids develop core strength and balance to help in all other elements of their growth and learning.

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