Nillumbik School Issue
Nillumbik Shire Council recently sponsored
four local primary schools to participate in the Schools For a Sustainable
Future program whose aim was to increase awareness about environmental
and waste minimisation issues.
The participating schools
Council's Waste &
Energy Minimisation Officer, Rob Hay, said "the Schools For
a Sustainable Future (SFSF) program forms an important part of Council's
on-going waste minimisation education program."
He said: "The schools
are participating in this exciting program which is designed to
encourage the minimisation of waste output and integration of waste
minimisation learning into the school curriculum. The
program supports Council's commitment to raising community awareness
about ways to reduce waste and as a result minimise impact upon
the environment and live more sustainable lifestyles."
Mr Hay said "The
Schools For a Sustainable Future organisation was providing the
expertise for the project and Nillumbik Council was awarding prizes
to the most innovative waste reduction strategy and for the best
waste reduction performance.
The SFSF program
has been successfully implemented in approximately 30 schools across
the state to date."
SFSF Project Director,
Joe Natoli, said "Education is certainly about priorities and
one of the most critical issues our children face is the quality
of the environment we leave them."
Learning the importance
of being 'clean and green' and being prepared to be active leaders
on these issues will be essential parts of creating a sustainable
It is an excellent initiative
for local schools to become leaders in sustainability of the
environment which is supported by other councils including Maroondah,
Manningham and Monash.
Diamond Creek East teacher,
Theresa Liddle, said "Children in grades three and four at
the school are becoming leaders in sustaining the environment and
have educated the whole school about recycling and waste reduction."
As 'envioronmental managers',
the Diamond Creek East students monitor the compost, paper and rubbish
bins in each classroom as well as the staff room and record how
well each class sorts its rubbish."
The grade three and four
students are certainly enthusiastic about being the 'leaders of change'
and taking this responsibility seriously.
Ms Liddle said "as
part of the program the children spread the message to the rest
of the school and the local community about the benefits of worm
farming for the environment." She said "the children have
become very involved in all aspects of worms and the keeping of
For further information
about the SFSF program, please contact:
Nillumbik Shire Council's
Waste & Energy Minimisation Officer
Robert Hay on (03) 9433 3219
Schools For a Sustainable
Project Director - Joseph Natoli
on (03) 9579 7224