· Poowong Kindergarten takes out ResourceSmart School Award 2014
· Poowong Kindergarten recognised for its bush tucker sensory garden
· Victorian Coalition Government is helping our schools to become more sustainable
Poowong Kindergarten has been named Victoria’s ResourceSmart kinder of the year.
Poowong Kindergarten and Dunkeld Kindergarten in western Victoria, were announced joint winners of the sustainability prize at a ceremony in Melbourne this week
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan congratulated the Poowong Kindergarten for their efforts.
Mr Ryan acknowledged the work of the staff and children in the creation of a bush tucker sensory garden.
“This project gives the children the opportunity to learn and play and develop a respect for nature, helping them to develop a lifelong appreciation for the environment,” Mr Ryan said.
“In addition to this the Poowong Kindergarten community worked to include sustainable practices into every aspect of their service, further developing socially and environmentally responsible individuals.”
Mr Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government’s ResourceSmart School Awards was Victoria’s largest sustainability awards program for primary and secondary schools, and for the first time this year included an early childhood category.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith more than 1,100 early childhood services, primary and secondary schools across Victoria participated in the program this year and saved more than $1.3 million in energy costs.
“This is part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to invest $8.3 million to help schools adopt better sustainable practices to protect the environment,” Mr Smith said.
Minister for Education Martin Dixon said the Coalition Government’s ResourceSmart School Awards were a great time to recognise our schools who are working smarter to lessen their impact on the local environment.
“The students, staff, parents and community at Poowong Kindergarten should be really proud of their efforts in reducing their environmental footprint,” Mr Dixon said.
Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell welcomed the new category recognising the sustainability efforts of our youngest Victorians and congratulated Poowong Kindergarten.
“Poowong Kindergarten has successfully embedded sustainable practises into every aspect of their service,” Ms Lovell said.
“Under the Coalition Government, Victorian children are now learning about nature and the environment from an even earlier age.”
Mr Ryan said Poowong Kindergarten would share in up to $40,000 cash and prizes to help grow their sustainability projects.
For a full list of winners or information about ResourceSmart Schools visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/schoolsawards
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