Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George MP today congratulated four local schools on securing a total of $11,000 under the NSW Environmental Trust’s Food Gardens in Schools and Eco Schools programs.

Mr George said the grants would enhance students’ understanding of how to tackle environmental issues locally.

“Lismore High School has secured a $3,500 grant to establish an aquaponics program that will raise plants and fish using new technology,” Mr George said.

“Students at Blakebrook Public School will use its $2,500 grant to reduce wasted paper, food, electricity and at the school.

“At Dunoon Public School, students are using its $2,500 grant to create an outdoor learning area with enhanced habitat for the critically listed Richmond birdwing butterfly.

“And finally, the Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre will build a new Widjabul bush tucker garden with assistance from the local Aboriginal community.”

Environment Minister Robyn Parker said more than $1.1 million was awarded to schools and researchers in this Environmental Trust funding round.

“Environmental Trust grants are one way the NSW Government supports the community by funding projects that protect and strengthen our environment.”

This is the first round of announcements of the $16,620,000 being offered by the NSW Environmental Trust in contestable grants for 2013. Other grant program areas are Protecting Our Places environmental grants for Aboriginal Communities, Environmental Education, and Restoration and Rehabilitation, as well as the first suite of the Waste Less Recycle More Initiative grants.

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Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
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