Ballina and Byron Schools receives Eco Schools Grants
North Coast Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has praised the take-up of the Eco Schools Program in the Ballina Electorate, with four local schools successfully securing grants for 2016 out of 78 schools state-wide.
Ballina High School were successful for their aquaponics program, Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School were successful in their kitchen garden project: Growing our Future, Main Arm Upper Public School were successful with their feather glider habitat program as well as The Pocket Public School for their schoolyard habitat program focusing native bees.
Mr Franklin said the $3,500 NSW Environmental Trust grants are designed to help local schools to implement local and practical environmental education initiatives, and this would be achieved at all four schools.
“The high take-up in this electorate means that local students will be able to learn environmental awareness and appreciation from a young age,” Mr Franklin said.
“All of the projects, while diverse, are entirely relevant not only to the local school environment but to the wider community as well.
“These grants are extremely valuable and I strongly encourage school communities to consider applying for future rounds to implement their own environmental programs.”
Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the Eco Schools grants would help young people to learn and value the natural environment.
“These grants support environmental understanding and compassion in our students. They help educate students on the importance of protecting the environment for future generations,” Mr Speakman said.
“All of the primary and secondary school children participating in these innovative environmental projects will transfer their learning to peers, family and communities, which will generate an environmental legacy.
To see the full list of recipients and project descriptions, visit: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/2015-eco-schools.htm