Environment grants open to local schools

By February 15, 2017Environment, News

We are helping local students grow their knowledge and love for the environment with a number of grants on offer.

NQBP CEO Steve Lewis said there are ten EcoPorts grants available, each worth $1000, for projects that support or contribute to developing a sustainable environment.

“The annual EcoPorts grants program increases student involvement in sustainability projects and aims to deliver long term benefits for our community,” Mr Lewis said.

“NQBP is proud to support grassroots projects that engage young people in our port communities and create awareness, understanding and appreciation for the environment,” he said.

“Each year we look forward to seeing what kind of projects local students are wanting to undertake to help make their community a better place to live.

“For example, last year, Gumlu State School used an EcoPorts grant to build a chicken coop which has worked in conjunction with their ‘naked lunchbox’ project to reduce plastics and rubbish,” Mr Lewis said.

School principal Thomas Harrington said the grant helped them build the coop which houses the chickens who eat the food scraps.

“One thousand dollars might not seem like a lot of money, but for us it was huge,” Mr Harrington said.

“A project like this in a small school allows for all the students to get involved and really learn from their experiences outside of the classroom as well as inside.”

To be eligible to apply, schools must be located in one of NQBP’s port communities: Hay Point, Mackay, Bowen and Weipa.

Apply online now, or to find out more information, email communications@nqbp.com.au.