University of Canberra
Research Projects
The Learning Curve: examining stakeholder lessons from Groundswell , its implementation and outcomes
State/Territory: NSW

Groundswell is a partnership project involving Goulburn Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan City and Lachlan Councils, the Wiradjuri Condoblin Aboriginal Corporation, the Palerang Agricultural Society and the South East office of the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DCC) Sustainability Programs division, and is funded by the NSW Environment Trust. The vision of Groundswell is "to improve the wider viability of the 'City to Soil' collection system and establish composted urban organic waste as a cost effective, high quality agricultural input". The three-year project began in late 2007 the research project examined the effectiveness at the halfway point (2009) and is again examining the outcomes in 2011.

Given the partnership and participatory approach of Groundswell, a clarificative and participatory Empowerment Evaluation methodology has been used. This methodology focuses on bringing together all stakeholders in a structured process that enables shared learnings, issues, challenges and solutions to emerge. Site visits and stakeholder interviews have been also conducted. The final research product will be an interactive website, journal articles and a report.

Geographic location:
Goulburn Mulwaree, Palerang and Lachlan Shires
Research theme:
Climate Change and Sustainability
Goulburn Mulwaree Council
Groundswell Project Manager Simone Dilkara
Funding agency:
NSW Environment Trust
Main researchers:
Prof Barbara Pamphilon, University of Canberra and Professional Associate Barbara Chevalier - Australian Institute for Sustainable Communities
01 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2010