Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith visited Henry Fulton Public School to welcome the announcement that they will join three other local schools and receive funding for innovative sustainability projects.
The $10 million NSW Liberal and Nationals Government Sustainable Schools Grants Program supports students to develop sustainability projects with grants of up to $15,000 for student-lead initiatives that help improve the environment at their schools.
“I’m pleased that funding has been secured for projects at Henry Fulton Public School, Cambridge Gardens Public School, Kingwood High School and Penrith Lakes Environment Education Centre,” Stuart Ayres said.
The local projects are:
- Cambridge Gardens Public School -Cambridge “Kitchen” Gardens $15,000
- Henry Fulton Public School-‘Green Thumbs’ Up! $14,967
- Kingswood High School -Kitchen Garden Project Whole School Program Environmental Education Centre $15,000
- Penrith Lakes Environment Education Centre -Ponds at the Lakes: A tool for teaching and conservation $15,000
“These projects are really exciting and it’s fantastic that the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government has empowered students to design and lead hands-on sustainability projects at local schools in Penrith.
“Our community is passionate about sustainability and this program inspires and empowers students and schools to develop ideas and implement plans that will benefit the environment by helping to save energy or water, reduce waste, or improve biodiversity.”
Grant applications were awarded based on the hands-on activities included in the project, the project’s connection to the curriculum, and the project’s ability to improve the sustainability of the school environment. 98 projects across NSW were awarded with grant funding in this round.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the completed projects and the positive flow-on effects for the school and wider community,” Stuart Ayres said.
The NSW Government is also investing $8.6 billion in school infrastructure over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 160 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This builds on the more than $9.1 billion invested in projects delivered since 2017, a program of $17.7 billion in public education infrastructure.