26/03/2014

Minister Parker welcomes the EnviroMentors to Maitland

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Last Friday, The Hon. Robyn Parker MP, Minister
for the Environment and Minister for Heritage,
visited Largs Public School to welcome the first
visit of the EnviroMentors to her home seat of
Maitland.

The EnviroMentors are Australia’s leading mobile,
incursion based environmental education program.
They have an impressive twenty-year history of
educating primary school children of NSW through
interactive modules that emphasise sustainability and
esponsible waste management across the board.

The EnviroMentors’ visited four schools in Maitland, culminating at Largs Public School – the most historic school in Australia, and the oldest still operating –  where lucky students were joined by Minister Parker for a lesson of ‘Drip, Drop, Splash’, to learn about water conservation. The visit has been made possible due to a generous grant from Hunter Water.

Ms Parker said the EnviroMentors would help increase students’ understanding of how to produce better environmental outcomes in their community.

“Having the students engage in an interactive and fun workshop will help them learn about the importance of water conservation, especially in the midst of a drought across NSW,” Ms Parker said.

During the visit, students examined the water cycle, how much useable water we have on earth and how we need to share this limited supply of water. The use of interactive puzzles brought the science to life while a little bit of drama created a splash for learning to conserve water.

Based on curriculum-linked interactive workshops, simple but effective messages are communicated to almost 40,000 students a year through the program. Last year the education unit visited well over 350 schools across NSW and the ACT.

Hunter Water Environment and Sustainability Manager Angus Seberry says the utility’s grants were to support local organisations in their efforts to improve water sustainability.

“These are grassroots projects delivered by community organisations which need that extra bit of financial support to get started.

“By improving people’s understanding of the need for water conservation these grants hold immediate and long term community benefits.”

David Imrie, CEO of Keep NSW Beautiful, commended Hunter Water for their environmental commitment in bringing the EnviroMentors to schools in Maitland.

“‘Hunter Water has shown outstanding initiative in educating their local community about sustainability and how to care for their environment.

“Their participation not only represents a responsible approach to environmental management but a dedication to their role as environmental caretakers.

“By supporting EnviroMentors and sending us into schools they show children how to minimise their environmental footprint and develop a high sense of personal responsibility.”

The EnviroMentors Program throughout NSW is proudly sponsored by Wrigley

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