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Green thumbs at work in Queanbeyan

Queanbeyan West Public School will use a $3,500 grant to create a sensory garden where young children can be immersed in the scents, textures and colours of plants.

The Member for Monaro John Barilaro said, “This unique sensory garden will provide for a stimulating, outdoor learning environment which will surely be enjoyed by students for years to come,” said Mr Barilaro.

“Students will now have the opportunity to explore their surroundings and enrich their learning experience amongst their peers.

“It is vital we build opportunities for early intervention, engagement and support amongst young people with disability within our community.

“I am very pleased to provide this NSW Government funding to make this project possible.”

Mr Barilaro said the grant was part of a $2.4 million funding round for schools, community groups, research organisations and government agencies.

“In this round of Environmental Trust grants, the NSW Government is funding 122 projects across four programs: Eco Schools, Food Gardens in Schools, Environmental Research and Environmental Education,” said Mr Barilaro.

“We have awarded grants to 50 Food Gardens in Schools projects worth $175,000, half of which has been targeted to assist students with special learning needs. A further $115,000 has been awarded to fund 46 Eco Schools projects.

“Protecting and enhancing the environment of NSW is our shared responsibility and this funding program supports schools and the community to care for their own environments.”

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