Member for Murray Austin Evans today announced a $3,500 Eco Schools Grant for St Joseph’s Parish School in Hillston to encourage environmental learning opportunities for students, teachers and the school community.

Mr Evans said the Eco School’s projects provide hands-on, curriculum-based environmental education for students, with a focus on strong student participation.

“St Joseph’s Parish School aims to reduce the volume of food scraps going to landfill by adopting sustainable practices in the school.

“The school will utilise worm farms, compost bins and also the school chooks to make use of food scraps,” Mr Evans said.

“I commend St Joseph’s for their willingness to educate the students about sound environmental practices and sustainable food waste management with this exciting practical project.

Principal Beverley Hayes thanked Member for Murray Austin Evans and St Joseph’s executive teacher Mandy Hutchison on her initiative to apply for the grant and said the school was thrilled with the funding.

Ms Hayes said this will be a very exciting hands-on project that will teach our children the importance of sustainable food waste management and in reducing the food scraps that currently go to landfill.

“The children will learn how they can play their part in looking after our environment.”

Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton said the Eco Schools Grant Program provides funding for schools to create environmental learning opportunities for students, teachers and the school community.

“The school children participating in these grassroots environmental projects will learn skills for sustainable living, and develop an appreciation for their local environment.”

Ms Upton said the Eco Schools grants would help young people to learn and value the natural environment.

“These grants help to educate students on the importance of protecting the environment for future generations.”

Eighty six schools across NSW will share in more than $300,000 funding to implement local and practical environmental education initiatives through the 2018 round of the Echo Schools Grant Program.

For more details and project descriptions visit https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/schools.htm