Member for Castle Hill Ray Williams MP today announced that funding has been secured for an innovative sustainability projects at both Dural Public School and Jasper Road Public School.
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.
Dural Public School’s project to build a sustainable school community through our kitchen garden is being supported by a $14,627 grant, and Jasper Road Public School’s project titled Bringing Down Waste is being supported by a grant of $8,918.
“I’m delighted to announce that funding has been secured for these great projects,” Mr Williams said today.
“This project is 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 Castle Hill.
“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, with applications opening for the next round on 27 February.
“I’m looking forward to both schools projects as they take shape, and the positive flow-on effects for the school and wider community,” Mr Williams 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.