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Passionate About the Waterways? Get Involved!

The Tuggerah Lakes catchment area has plenty of amazing organisations, activities and events that bring together people who are keen to protect our waterways. You can get involved in a local group and start working on sustainable ways to improve our lakes’ health so they’re cleaner and more enjoyable for everyone in our community.


Tuggerah Lakes Changemaker Course 2022

Applications extended until midnight Mon 28th March!

Central Coast Council are pleased to announce a brand-new Tuggerah Lakes Changemaker Course kicking off in April 2022! Have you got a community waterways project or idea you are passionate about? Or do you want to help to protect and restore the Tuggerah Lakes catchment but are not sure where to start? The course is a capacity building program provided to the community to support the development and implementation of ideas that promote or enhance positive connections and belonging within the local community and the Tuggerah Lakes natural environment.

The Changemakers Course connects like-minded people to work together to create fun, local projects that positively impact Tuggerah Lakes and our community. Together with experts and volunteers, you’ll explore the estuary, its issues and solutions to develop engaging ways of drawing people to act to protect our waterways. The course includes a series of workshops targeting different skill areas that provides participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to confidently design and implement their ideas from start to finish. To help participants take the first step towards implementing their idea, the program will also award the most promising project with a grant of $5,000!

1.    Course Outline
The Changemaker Course consists of six workshops, one field trip and one celebratory gathering. Each workshop will have several guest speakers sharing their expertise and insights about various topics of interest. The Changemaker Course will commence in early April 2022. Course outline below:

•    Exploring community-led initiative project ideas and opportunities
•    ‘Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Catchment Crawl’ field trip to discover the local area and natural environment accompanied by local experts
•    Defining scope, stakeholders and activities
•    Budget management and grant opportunities
•    Citizen science and education facilitation 
•    Communication, marketing and promotion
•    Networking and stakeholder engagement
•    Monitoring progress and evaluation techniques

Please refer to the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Changemaker Course Application Guidelines document for more information

2.    Funding Support
To help participants take the first step towards implementing their idea, the program will also award the most promising project with a grant of $5,000. Participants will gradually develop their ideas through the series of workshops and submit a grant application closer to completion date. The Changemaker Course grant is time limited and will cover ideas that are able to be completed by February 2023.

3.    Key Dates
Application to the Changemaker Course opens on Thursday 10 March 2022 and closes on Monday 28 March 2022 at 12 midnight.

After the application closing date, applications will be assessed, and the successful applicants will be notified on 30 March 2022.

4.    More Information
Please read the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Changemaker Course Application Guidelines for more information about criteria, eligibility, and learning objectives.

For more information, please email

5.    Apply Now

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government's Environment Restoration Fund program.

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