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Premier's Awards 2016

17/11/2016

The 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards held on Thursday 17 November recognised the achievements of Queensland communities, schools, individuals, businesses and industries in adopting sustainable business practices.

In 2016, the awards attracted close to 150 nominations across ten categories proving that the state’s enthusiasm for innovation, efficiency and sustainability is still running strong. Here is information about our category sponsored by the University of Southern Queensland.

Sustainability in Education Award

Winner!

Junction Park State School – Unlocking our environment and heritage

With Junction Park State School recently listed on the Queensland Heritage register, programs to explore the school’s traditions and environment have become core elements of the curriculum.

Waste reduction practices are taught to students in every year level and the school offers unique opportunities to engage with the community to promote sustainability.

In partnership with Woolworths Annerley, the school has implemented a soft-plastics recycling program – resulting in a 1400 per cent increase in the amount recycled.

The school has also made the switch to electronic communications by emailing newsletters, invoices and report cards to families instead of sending hard copies, resulting in a huge reduction in paper use and printing costs.

Thank you to Leanne O"Brien who developed our application and steered the nomination process. We received a very beautiful trophy and $2500 that will be used to continue the great work being done in these areas.

Thank you also to Jacki Trad MP for sending beautiful flowers and congratulating us on our win.