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Landcare cash for local kids

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June 14, 2018

HEATHCOTE Primary and Axedale Primary School students will be getting hands on with inventive projects to learn about sustainability within their environment.

HEATHCOTE Primary and Axedale Primary School students will be getting hands on with inventive projects to learn about sustainability within their environment.

This is thanks to grants from Junior Landcare and Momentum Energy’s Powerful Youth Projects.

Through this program, Victorian schools, childcare centres and youth groups can apply for grants of up to $1000.

Following a successful first year, which saw more than 24,000 students engaging in over 200 projects, the Powerful Youth Projects program rolled out across the state again in 2018.

To encourage the enthusiasm shown by so many schools, Momentum Energy increased their funding to ensure that 219 schools across Victoria were awarded grants.

The variety of projects ranges from veggie or bush tucker gardens to composting or recycling projects, sensory gardens and other sustainable or environmental ideas. Other projects include those to learn about biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, including bee projects, frog bogs and native revegetation.

Momentum Energy Managing Director Paul Geason said Momentum was proud to support and promote sustainability at the school level.

Dr Shane Norris, Landcare Australian acting chief executive, is delighted to be able to support so many schools in Victoria.

“Junior Landcare is all about encouraging young people to play an active role in ensuring the safe future of their environment,” he said.

So it’s fantastic to be working in partnership with Momentum Energy two years in a row supporting thousands of children to get hands on with nature.

“Last year’s projects produced exciting results and we can’t wait to see this year’s projects come to fruition.”

For more information visit landcareaustralia.org.au/powerful-youth-projects

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