Member for Heathcote Lee Evans MP today congratulated two local schools on securing a total of $5,000 under the NSW Environmental Trust’s Eco Schools program.
Mr Evans said the grants would enhance students’ understanding of how to tackle environmental issues locally.
“Students and educators at Coledale Public School will use their $2,500 grant to implement a water wise program and increase recycling and waste reduction,” Mr Evans said.
“Students will reuse paper and cardboard as garden mulch, compost organic waste, and dramatically reduce waste produced at the school’s monthly public market day.
Environment Minister Robyn Parker said more than $1.1 million was awarded to schools and researchers in this Environmental Trust funding round.
“I was delighted to endorse $70,000 in grants for 20 schools so students can create food gardens or enhance their existing gardens,” Ms Parker said.
“In addition, 60 grants have been awarded to primary and high schools under the Eco Schools Program where $150,000 will deliver environmental projects students will remember for a lifetime.
“And $885,000 has been awarded to six research institutions to help tackle environmental problems faced in NSW, including fire management, coastal erosion and water quality.
“Environmental Trust grants are one way the NSW Government supports the community by funding projects that protect and strengthen our environment.”
This is the first round of announcements of the $16,620,000 being offered by the NSW Environmental Trust in contestable grants for 2013. Other grant program areas are Protecting Our Places environmental grants for Aboriginal Communities, Environmental Education, and Restoration and Rehabilitation, as well as the first suite of the Waste Less Recycle More Initiative grants.