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The City of Fremantle is on the lookout for innovative sustainability projects to support under a new One Planet FreoMatch funding program.

The program will involve the public voting on proposals, with those rated most highly considered by a panel of community and sustainability experts before the final applicants are assisted to develop a crowdfunding campaign at StartSomeGood.com.

When the projects reach 50 per cent of their total funding target through crowdfunding, the City of Fremantle will invest the remaining 50 per cent.

Fremantle mayor Dr Brad Pettitt said the new approach to funding creative sustainability projects reflected the council’s commitment to developing shared values and shared outcomes.

“We are part of this community and have observed first-hand how passionate our residents are around sustainability issues. We acknowledge that in order to truly achieve sustainability outcomes, we need to provide self-directed opportunities for the community to be involved and engaged at a local level,” Dr Pettit said.

“This innovative funding model gives the people most affected by the outcome of these projects an opportunity to share in their success. To my mind, that’s exactly what sustainability should look like.”

The program is now taking applications until August 10. Applicants will be notified of their eligibility on 14 August and be invited to a One Planet Pitch event on 20 August, where they will have a chance to convince members of the community of the sustainability value of their project.

Full details here.