Scenic World has launched a new philanthropic program as part of the attraction’s ongoing effort to support the Blue Mountains and create a lasting impact that improves lives locally.
Working alongside partners who are committed to the sustainable growth of the community, Scenic World Shared builds the capacity of the Blue Mountains, supports future generations, and preserves the World Heritage-listed environment.
Developed with the input of visitors, staff and locals, the program harnesses the strengths of four major partners to deliver better outcomes for the Blue Mountains across three key pillars – community, education and environment.
Scenic World’s Managing Director Anthea Hammon said the program was part of Scenic World’s vision to help close the gap on local disadvantage and work towards a more sustainable future for the community and the environment.
“The Blue Mountains community is incredibly vibrant and diverse, but it faces many challenges such as a fragile ecosystem and a community that is touched by low socio economic factors that impact education and employment outcomes,” she said.
“Scenic World Shared addresses these challenges in a structured way to help strengthen our community and give back to the region we’re proud to be a part of.”
Building on decades of local philanthropy, Scenic World will invest three percent of its profits to support diverse partnerships that assist the community and environment.
The Scenic World Shared partners include:
- The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)
Scenic World will work alongside FRRR to provide two targeted grants that will have a meaningful impact on the local community; Back to School Vouchers, and Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC). Submissions for the inaugural Scenic World Shared SGRC program open on August 14. Visit scenicworldshared.com.au/opportunities for more information.
- Western Sydney University
The Western Sydney University (WSU) partnership will award local students from disadvantaged backgrounds with scholarships to support their environmental and/or tourism studies at WSU. One scholarship will be awarded annually over the following four years, valued at up to $30,000 per student.
- Schools Plus & Katoomha High School
The Schools Plus partnership will help to unlock the potential of students at Katoomba High School by funding a Community Liaison Officer role and developing a mentoring program for KHS students.
- Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute (BMWHI)
The flagship partnership with BMWHI will support capacity building within the organisation and fund key BMWHI projects, such as a wildlife monitoring station, archaeological survey of the Ruined Castle Mining Village, and an education program for the tourism industry.
Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute Executive Director John Merson said the flagship Scenic World Shared partnership would extend the reach of the Institute’s work and translate to greater benefits for the community and environment.
“Scenic World Shared is a wonderful example of corporate philanthropy. Its generosity will make an enormous difference to our Institute’s ability to address the many environmental issues that confront both the Blue Mountains community and the World Heritage area in which we have the privilege to live and work,” he said.
Anthea commended staff, locals and visitors who helped to shape the program, and invited the community to take part in the evolution of Scenic World Shared.
“We’re incredibly proud of Scenic World Shared, and we feel honoured to have the opportunity to play a leading role in supporting our local community to grow. We invite you to join us on our Shared journey and support the Blue Mountains community we’re proud to call home,” she said.