Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly MP today announced the local recipients for the NSW Government’s inaugural $2.5 million Sustainable Schools Grants.

Mr Conolly welcomed the news that Schofields Public School had received $15,000 and Riverbank Public School had received $14,664 in the new student-led program that’s focused on improving the environment at schools.

“I am pleased that two of our local schools have been successful with their grant applications,” Mr Conolly said.

“The Sustainable Schools Grants is designed to empower student communities to implement projects that will benefit the environment by helping to save energy or water, reduce waste, or improve biodiversity.”

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said 194 NSW public schools received Sustainable Schools Grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 each.

“I’m very glad that schools from across the state embraced the new Sustainable Schools Grants whole heartedly,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The standard of all the submissions was very impressive, and I commend all the participating schools on their efforts.”

“Grant applications included innovative sustainability projects such as kitchen gardens, water storage strategies, and even bee highways to improve biodiversity.

“I encourage other schools to start thinking of applying for the next round of grants.”

The Sustainable Schools Grants program, which provides a total of $10 million over four years, is open to all NSW public schools and preschools with the next application round open in November.

The NSW Government is investing $6.7 billion over four years to deliver 190 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. In addition, a record $1.3 billion is being spent on school maintenance over five years, along with a record $500 million for the sustainable Cooler Classrooms program to provide air conditioning to schools. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

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