Thanks to a government grant Urunga students will soon be harvesting their own food.
Thanks to a government grant Urunga students will soon be harvesting their own food.

School wins environmental grant

IT’S easy being green – just ask Urunga Public School, which has won a government grant for environmental initiatives.

The school gets $2500 to create “eco-friendly, tasty and educational gardens”, according to State Labor MP Amanda Fazio.

“These gardens will provide for additional resources such as books and signage in both common and local indigenous plant names,” Ms Fazio said.

“They will also establish a new native garden near the bush tucker garden to extend the wildlife corridor adjacent native vegetation.”

The Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Frank Sartor, has announced $150,000 in grants to 60 schools across NSW under the Eco Schools Program.

The program gives schools the chance to involve students and the community in developing environmental management projects.

Mr Sartor said students would become more aware of the “values and behaviours that support environmental sustainability”.

“Teachers will be able to integrate environmental management projects into school programs and maximise student learning,” he said.

“Many schools have used the grants to focus their projects on developing gardens that produce healthy food sustainably or improve gardens to create a healthier, more attractive environment as well as habitat for local native animals.”

This is the second round of grants awarded by the Environmental Trust in 2010, bringing the total amount awarded so far this year to $1.6 million for 85 projects.

Another round of grants will be approved later in the year.



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