The Coleraine Enterprise aims to test the scale and scope of a community-led enterprise that is both economically and culturally vital and viable as a small town model.
It is a combination of three Handbury Fellowship programs and works as a catalytic team of researchers (university and community), local government, statutory bodies and a Research Reference Group (RRF).
This project is an integration of water reclamation, organic bioremediation, food production and biofuel production, underpinned by knowledge transfer, cultural change and a sustainable future. Based at the Wastewater Reclamation Facility (which is managed by Wannon Water),in the western Victorian farming town of Coleraine, the project interlinks globally with both the Malaysia and Papua New Guinea project—based through a local-to-local comparison and theoretical framework.
A successful funding outcome from the State Department of Community Development and Planning in 2011 has progressed the project. Currently the team is developing community engagement and trial sites for mushroom cultivation in schools (Coleraine) and production of a journal article and community manual. The manual will capture the lived process of this project in the community and provide resource materials.
Chief investigators: Yaso Nadarajah with John Kane, Jenny Kane, Heinz de Chelard (Hamilton community researchers), Michael McCarthy (Southern Grampians Shire Council, Futures Director), and Ian Bail (Manager, Research and Innovation, Wannon Water, Warrnambool, Victoria)