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Blue Mountains Public School Benefits from $2.5 Million Sustainable Schools Grants

Source: Shayne Mallard Member of the Legislative Council
Posted: 1 Mar 2020
Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard MP today announced the local recipients for the NSW Government’s inaugural $2.5 million Sustainable Schools Grants.

Mr Mallard said he was excited that Katoomba High School had received a grant in the new student-led program that’s focused on improving the environment at schools.

“I am thrilled that Katoomba High School has been successful with their grant application,” Mr Mallard.

“The Sustainable Schools Grants will empower students and school communities to implement projects that will benefit the environment by helping to save energy or water, reduce waste, or improve biodiversity.”

“I very much look forward to seeing the wonderful projects come to life in the coming months.”

“We live in one of the most environmentally sensitive areas of Australia and I congratulate the Katoomba High students for developing a project to benefit our environment” Mr Mallard said.

Katoomba High School received $15,000 to conduct a litter audit at school with a focus on single use plastics and recyclable materials. Using data students will create a design brief to make a mesh barrier around key areas of the school to stop material finding its way into the national park and water catchment areas.

Litter collected will be used to make an art work, calling attention to the use and life cycle of single use plastics as well as developing strategies to decrease the use of single use plastics in the community. Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said 194 NSW public schools received Sustainable Schools Grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 each.

“I’m very glad that schools from across the state embraced the new Sustainable Schools Grants whole heartedly,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The standard of all the submissions was very impressive, and I commend all the participating schools on their efforts.”

“Grant applications included innovative sustainability projects such as kitchen gardens, water storage strategies, and even bee highways to improve biodiversity.

“I encourage other schools to start thinking of applying for the next round of grants.”

The Sustainable Schools Grants program, which provides a total of $10 million over four years, is open to all NSW public schools and preschools with the next application round open in November.

The NSW Government is investing $6.7 billion over four years to deliver 190 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW.

In addition, a record $1.3 billion is being spent on school maintenance over five years, along with a record $500 million for the sustainable Cooler Classrooms program to provide air conditioning to schools. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

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