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Local kids to benefit from environmental programs

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has congratulated nine local primary schools and early learning centres (ELCs) who have shared in just under $9,000 worth of funding to run environmental programs.

The Junior Landcare Grants, which are the result of a partnership between Landcare Australia and Woolworths, aim to inspire children to learn about sustainable food production, waste management and ways of enhancing biodiversity and habitats.

Mr O’Brien said it was a great initiative to encourage our next generation of leaders to think about how they could reduce their ecological footprints.

“These grants are used to fund practical hands-on programs that teach lifelong lessons about the environment in a fun way,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Schools are using them for projects such as garden beds for growing vegetables and equipment to help with gardening programs.

“While these grants are currently closed, another round will open later this year, so I am encouraging our other local primary schools, ELCs and eligible community organisations to start thinking about their applications now.”

The following local schools and ELCs will be receiving Junior Landcare Grants this round; Rosedale Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School Sale, Araluen Primary School, Foster Primary School, Leongatha Community Preschools, South Gippsland Specialist School, Loch Primary School, Poowong Pre-school and Toora Primary School.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien (right) with South Gippsland Specialist School Principal Heather Braden and students Flynn Smith and Jasmine Standing and one of the vegetable planter boxes funded through the program.

 

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien (right), with St Mary’s Primary School Sale teacher Janelle Stothers and students Ted Crouch and Kelly Owen and some of the gardening equipment purchased with the grant.

 

14 February 2020

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