Kevin Humphries

$31,500 IN ECO SCHOOLS GRANTS FOR BARWON

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries today announced 9 schools in the Barwon electorate will each receive a $3,500 Eco Schools Grant - a total of $31,500 to encourage environmental learning opportunities for students, teachers and the wider school community.

86 schools across NSW will share in more than $300,000 funding to implement local and practical environmental education initiatives through the 2018 round of the Echo Schools Grant Program.

Mr Humphries said “Eco School’s projects provide hands-on, curriculum-based environmental education for students, with a focus on strong student participation.

The below 9 schools will implement programs to help educate students on the importance of protecting the environment for future generations.

• Bourke High School - Community Permaculture Garden
• Coonabarabran High School - Sustainability Connections - The Learning Space Garden
• Dunedoo Central School - Sow the seed - the garden exchange
• Gilgandra High School - Sustainable food gardens
• Gilgandra Public School - Gawaymbanha Bagaray-bang
• Warrumbungle Environmental Education Centre - Warrumbungle hub: connect, respect change
• Pilliga Public School - Kamilaroi veggie & bush tucker garden
• Namoi Valley Christian School - Prepare, plant, make, eat, compost...repeat
• Quambone Public School - Fresh food for us- a food garden to beat the drought

“The school children participating in these grassroots environmental projects will learn skills for sustainable living, and develop an appreciation for their local environment,” said Mr Humphries.

Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton said the Eco Schools grants would help young people to learn and value the natural environment.

“The Eco Schools Grant Program provides funding for schools to create environmental learning opportunities for students, teachers and the school community.”

“This work will be undertaken in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Charles Sturt University, and will provide meaningful data that will be linked to a range of curriculum areas including science, arts, literacy, and numeracy.”

For more details and project descriptions visit https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/schools.htm

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