School to receive money for bushtucker garden

Environment Minister Robyn Parker announced the recipients of more than $1.1 million in Environmental Trust Grants that will be awarded to schools and researchers, part of which will go to Trangie Central School (TCS).

The school will receive funding towards the TCS bush tucker garden and Aboriginal culture. 

TCS is one of 80 schools benefiting from the grants, with 60 schools sharing in $150,000 under Eco Schools Program and 20 grants totalling $70,000 to be awarded for Food Gardens in school projects.

“The primary and secondary school children building food gardens and the students doing innovative environmental projects will all transfer their learning to peers, family and communities,” Mrs Parker said. “The benefit of these grants will spread far wider than the projects themselves by supporting students, educators and researchers to improve their environmental understanding and help to educate the wider community.”

Ms Parker said six diverse and exciting environmental research projects will share in $885,704 with scientists generating new knowledge to better inform decision making. This funding will enable universities and other institutions to research important areas including beach dune erosion, water quality testing and fire risk management.

“Other projects will deliver new understanding of native biodiversity in farming practices, assessing the cost effectiveness of water releases, and restoring marine habitats around Sydney. By funding projects like these, the NSW government is empowering the community to protect our natural environment and show leadership in improving environmental performance.” 

This is the first round of announcements of the $16.6 million 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.”