Community Leaders in Sustainability course

Monday, 9 November 2019

Inner West Council is inviting applications for the next Community Leaders in Sustainability course.

The free course builds skills to empower community members to develop and lead projects that address environmental issues.

Any Inner West Council resident who is passionate about a community environmental project idea or issue can apply.

The course provides training in:

•Project management
•Building partnerships
•Leadership skills
•Environment and sustainability

Attendees will meet experts, hear about community environment projects, connect with other like-minded people and then put their newly-acquired knowledge and skills into practice, and deliver a community environmental project that creates positive outcomes for the Inner West.

Lachlan Jobbins developed Food Scrap Friday at Camdenville Public School in Newtown as part of doing the Community Leaders in Sustainability course.

“Food Scrap Friday is a way to recycle food waste into soil-enriching compost,” he said.

“School families bring their kitchen scraps to the school gate on Friday mornings, where parent volunteers collect and weigh the waste and take it to Camdenville Paddock Community Garden.”

Around 40 families contribute. Food Scrap Friday has collected approximately 200kg each week – and since starting in October 2016, composted more than 16 tonnes of kitchen waste.

“The Community Leaders in Sustainability course helped take Food Scrap Friday from an embryonic project with two volunteers to a program that has been embraced by our school community, inspired similar projects in other schools and even been featured on an episode of Gardening Australia,” Lachlan said

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Food Scrap Friday wouldn’t be what it is today if I hadn’t done the course,” he said.

Apply for the next Community Leaders in Sustainability course on Council’s website by going to Sustainably.

For more information, contact Emma Daniell on 9335 2129 or

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