The Cessnock Community Leo Club
Cessnock City Council
When it comes to mental health and local ecosystems, the Cessnock Community Leo Club in the Hunter Region is helping both to thrive.
Set up in 2021 for people aged between 18–30, the Club began a Wildflower Planting Project, encouraging local residents to purchase packets of seeds from the Club and plant them in unused public land and local parks. The seeds were available for a $5 donation with all funds going towards the Club’s environmental initiatives to create a local community garden.
The project aimed to improve local ecosystems by providing food and nutrients to birds and pollinators, as well as boosting the wellbeing of residents.
Already, the project has achieved success, increasing the pollination opportunity for local wildlife and improving aesthetics in the local community. This project has also had a positive impact on the youth engagement and the mental health of young people in the area.