Grants help students to create a sustainable future

News release
08 November 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Hon Susan Close MLC
Minister for Education and Childhood Development

Forty-one schools in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region have received grants totalling more than $70,000 to support environmental projects including creating bush tucker gardens, building frog ponds and restoring bandicoot habitat. 

The School Natural Resource Management Action Grants are allocated each year by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board.

Here are some examples of the winning projects:

  • Williamstown Primary School will use its grant for a Zero Waste project, including purchasing bins, creating signs and educating the community
  • Star of the Sea School in Henley Beach will create a habitat for local indigenous plants and animals
  • Birdwood Primary School will use worms, compost and plantings to create sustainable soil systems
  • Sunrise Christian School in Paradise will create a vegetable garden

Schools can apply for grants of up to $2000 and communities can apply for up to $5000 for projects or activities that promote sustainable management of our natural resources. 

“These grants help schools and preschools lead the way to a more sustainable future,” said Environment Minister, Ian Hunter. “This year, the grants went to many student-led projects and initiatives including outdoor learning environments that will help students connect with nature and biodiversity.

Our children will be the environmental stewards of tomorrow, and these grants will help them gain the skills and knowledge needed to care for water, land and biodiversity,” Minister Hunter said.

Susan Close, Education and Childhood Development Minister, said that teaching students about the environment helps to form a lifelong understanding of the important role they play in building a sustainable future. 

“These creative projects will provide some very valuable learning experiences for everyone involved,” Minister Close said.

Read about the successful schools and their sustainability projects.

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    0408 377 584
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges