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Initiative to inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour


Blacksmiths Public School is leading the way when it comes to teaching kids how to live a greener lifestyle and be kinder to the planet.

Thanks to a number of grants from Lake Macquarie City Council, over the past 10 years the school has installed greenhouse irrigation, water tanks and other devices to it’s thriving vegetable garden.

Principal Luke McIlvenie said funding through the Community Environment Grants program was instrumental in expanding their sustainability program. 

“The kids are involved every step of the way, from planting seeds to harvesting and cooking,” Mr McIlvenie said.

“Sustainable living is a focal point at Blacksmiths Public School, we are bin-less, we have 27 chickens and we sell the eggs back to the community.”

Grants from Lake Macquarie City Council have allowed the school to develop a great sustainability program.

Lake Macquarie City Council community partnerships manager Andrew Bryant added applications for the latest round of Community Environment Grants were now open.

Mr Bryant said school P&C groups and other community not-for-profit organisations were invited to apply and use funds to improve the local environment or inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour.

“Successful applicants will be granted up to $5,000 to run projects which educate, enrich and inspire the community through sustainable activities,” he said.

“Past projects have seen creeks rehabilitated, outdoor learning sessions held and Aboriginal culture taught to students.”

Grant applications close on Friday 1 April.

Interested groups are encouraged to attend a free online information session in March.

More information can be found at

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