St Michael’s Thirroul has picked up a grant from the latest round of Woolworths Junior Landcare funding.
The school was selected out of close to 1, 000 applicants in the national program, which aims to inspire students with hands-on environmental projects.
The grant aims to help fund young Australians with hands-on projects focusing on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices and enhancing native habitats.
The local grant will mean St Michael’s Thirroul is now able to develop their proposed project:
- Project Type: Sustainable food production (e.g. bush tucker or vegetable garden)
- Project Name: St Michael’s Vegetable Garden!
- Project overview as described by school: Our goal is for students and staff to create, grow and care for a vegetable garden with community involvement. Developing a school vegetable garden will provide opportunities for community involvement – a link with neighbours, volunteers, parents and community businesses to be involved in our school and in making a better future. Students can learn to understand the role of food in life and the garden will allow us to improve nutrition and highlight healthy foods. We think it is important for students to learn about where food really comes from and the garden will be used to teach life skills such as gardening and cooking. We want to make a difference, educate students to be actively responsible and raise awareness and action within our community.
Woolworths Group Manager, Peter Cutajar says the students at St Michael’s Thirroul have developed a deserving project that will contribute to a greener future for our community. “We look forward to tracking their progress and success.”
Landcare Australia CEO, Dr Shane Norrish says getting hands-on with environmental projects helps to equip students with the ability, knowledge and resources to take meaningful action to protect our shared local and national biodiversity. “We’re looking forward to seeing the project proposed by St Michael’s Thirroul and interested locals can track their success via aninteractive map at landcareaustralia.org.au.”