Local school students rise to sustainability challenge
  • Wednesday 13 May 2009

Sunshine Coast Council is inviting primary school students across the region to embrace sustainability – and win great prizes – through creative recycling.

The Sustainable Schools Challenge invites every student and every family to think about waste as a resource and find a creative way to re-use items that would otherwise have entered the waste stream.

The challenge is part of the lead up to Local Government Week (1 to 7 June) and it reflects this year’s theme: Switched on councils! Powering Queensland communities into sustainability.

Council has contacted primary schools across the region to encourage students to participate.

There are two categories for entry, Prep to Grade 3 and Grade 4 to Grade 7. The winner in each of these categories will win a worm farm for their school and a composting workshop to be held at the school and run by council’s Living Smart project officer.

The winner of grand prize in each category will get to invite 70 of their friends to a private movie screening of Land of the Lost, courtesy of Birch, Carroll and Coyle Cinemas, Sunshine Plaza. The screening will take place in June.

Council’s environment portfolio holder, Keryn Jones, said the theme of Local Government Week this year complements council’s vision for the Coast as Australia’s most sustainable region — vibrant, green, diverse.

“If we all reduce, reuse and recycle our waste as much as possible, it’s a big step in the right direction,” Cr Jones said.

“It’s great to see local schools getting onboard. By encouraging students and their families to think innovatively about ways to reuse items, rubbish becomes a resource and waste reduction is achieved.”

Council is asking the schools to judge their students’ efforts and deliver their top two entries (one in each category) to a council customer service centre by 5pm on 22 May.

Schools can get further information about the competition by visiting council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or contacting customer service on 5475 8501.