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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
NSW Minister for the Environment
Mr Bob Debus

22 July 2004

Students line up for sustainable schools

NSW Environment Minister, Bob Debus, and Australian Environment and Heritage Minister, Senator Ian Campbell, today congratulated 40 NSW schools for the giant leaps students and teachers are making towards becoming more environmentally sustainable.

Mr Debus said the schools were recognised as some of the best performers in the NSW Sustainable Schools Program.

"Nearly 200 schools participate in this program and the top 40 were invited to Sydney to participate in a two-day conference to discuss environmental issues, share ideas and showcase their environmental achievements," Mr Debus said.

"It's great to see that protecting the environment and using resources more efficiently are becoming mainstream practices in these schools.

"It is important that our society learns to live within its means and to preserve our environment for future generations. These award-winning schools are making great gains in terms of living sustainably."

Senator Campbell said the secret of the program's success was its practical everyday application.

"The program is an excellent example of practising what we preach. Students study the impact of their school's activities on the environment, identify ways to reduce this impact and work with their community to improve their environmental performance," Senator Campbell said.

"Students and school staff not only learn about the environment but also develop skills and motivation to do something about it.

"Little things the students are doing - like collecting paper and making sure it is recycled, photocopying on double-sided paper, and creating vegetable gardens make a real difference.

"These schools provide a great example for other states, as the Australian Government makes Sustainable Schools a national program.

"There are some excellent examples of schools doing really positive things. For example:

The Program supports schools that are developing environmental management plans to support long-term environmental goals.

It receives funding from the Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW), the Australian Government Department of Environment and Heritage, the NSW Department of Education and Training and the Holden Motor Company.

A list of schools that received an Outstanding School Award is below. Photos are available.

School award recipients:

Heaton Public School
Mayfield East Public School
Hamilton South Public School
Garden Suburb Public School

Central Coast
Pretty Beach Public School
Lake Munmorah High School

Northern Sydney
Narrabeen North Public School
Waitara Public School
Middle Harbour Public School

Southern Sydney
Loftus Public School
St John Bosco College

Western Sydney
Windsor Public School
Winmalee Public School
Buxton Public School
Tahmoor Public School

Mount St Thomas Public School
Figtree Heights Public School
Falls Creek Public School

Braidwood Central School

North Wagga Public School
Springdale Heights Public School
Yenda Public School
Burrumbuttock Public School

Crabbes Creek Public School
Nimbin Central School
Blakebrook Public School
Durrumbul Public School
Ben Venue Public School
Coffs Harbour High School
Dorrigo High School
Karangi Public School
Woolomin Public School

Far West
Willyama High School
Alma Public School

Broulee Public School
Quaama Public School
Bega Public School
Bega High School
Lumen Christi College

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