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
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
Sustainability in Education Award
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
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.