Region among lucky few in line for school grants

GLADSTONE schools are among the lucky few to have a chance to share in $30,000 of sustainability grants.

Only 20 schools across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland will earn a $1500 Junior Landcare sustainability grant.

The grants are open to primary schools from sponsor Jemena's areas of operations.

Landcare Australia CEO Tessa Jakszewicz said qualifying areas included Melbourne's growing north-west, all of Sydney plus the Blue Mountains, Bowral and Newcastle areas, and the Gladstone region.

"Through the launch of these new school grants, we aim to generate interest in protecting, restoring and sustaining the productivity and value Australia's natural environment," Ms Jakszewicz said.

"This collaboration between Jemena, Landcare Australia and primary schools ultimately also benefits our communities as we are encouraging children to be aware of, and responsible for, their immediate environment."

Jemena executive general manager Shaun Reardon said the company had partnered with Landcare Australia since 2006 and its employees had been working alongside community groups to undertake long-term regeneration activities.

Applications for the grants close on May 9.



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