The $1000 Gift Fund went to the Mount Martha Farmers Market for its Washed Up Not Wasted initiative, which was developed to eliminate single-use plastic and landfill waste while demonstrating best practice for tackling waste at public events. Reusable cups, cutlery and crockery, which are cleaned and sanitised at the end of each event, are now used by all food stalls and market attendees. The market is looking to introduce this initiative at other events in the region.
The four highly commended projects were:
• Advance Team, a program by a group of VCAL students to tackle littering and illegal dumping in reserves and grounds in Hastings;
• Mornington Peninsula Shire Youth Services in Hastings for its Rap4RAP project, dedicated to improving Indigenous reconciliation on the Peninsula;
• Rye Community House for its Zero Waste Festival; and,
• Boomerang Bags in Mount Martha for sewing scrubs for medical staff at Rosebud and Frankston hospitals during the height of COVID-19.