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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

25 August 2004

Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland schools join environmental program


Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announced today that the Sustainable Schools environmental program would be expanded to include schools in Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.

The program has already helped 320 schools in New South Wales and Victoria to lift their environmental performance through the improved use of resources such as energy and water and better management of waste and school grounds.

"Schools participating in the trials of Sustainable Schools have achieved some remarkable results, including savings on water bills of up to $3200 a year and reductions in waste production of up to 75 per cent," Senator Campbell said.

"There has also been a marked improvement in the management of school properties that has resulted in the elimination of some feral birds and seen the return of native species."

Senator Campbell said the expanded program would cost $540,000, taking total funding to $780,000 since the pilot programs started two years ago.

He said the WA Government would contribute another $100,000, South Australia $330,000 and Queensland $38,000 to develop Sustainable Schools in their state.

Speaking at Sacred Heart Primary School in Thornlie, WA, Senator Campbell said the program not only achieved environmental results, but also financial and social benefits for the schools involved.

"This program has seen students, teachers, administration, canteen and grounds staff working together, studying the impact of their school's activities on the environment and identifying ways to reduce that impact," he said.

"I am pleased that many more school communities will now have the opportunity to be part of Sustainable Schools."

The Sustainable Schools funding follows the $1.8 million investment announced last week by Senator Campbell to establish an environmental education research program at Sydney's Macquarie University.

For further details http://deh.gov.au/education/nap/neen/projects.html#sustainable

Senator Campbell pitches in at Sacred Heart Primary School in Thornlie WA with Liberal candidate for Hasluck Stuart Henry

Senator Campbell pitches in at Sacred Heart Primary School in Thornlie WA with Liberal candidate for Hasluck Stuart Henry

Senator Campbell and Liberal candidate for Hasluck Stuart Henry with a student at Sacred Heart Primary School in Thornlie WA

Senator Campbell and Liberal candidate for Hasluck Stuart Henry with a student at Sacred Heart Primary School in Thornlie WA

All smiles as Minister Campbell announces the expansion of the Sustainable Schools initiative at Sacred Heart Primary School in Thornlie WA on Wednesday

All smiles as Minister Campbell announces the expansion of the Sustainable Schools initiative at Sacred Heart Primary School in Thornlie WA on Wednesday

Senator Campbell planting with environmentally conscious students at Sacred Heart Primary School in Thornlie WA

Senator Campbell planting with environmentally conscious students at Sacred Heart Primary School in Thornlie WA

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