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November 15, 2016

Great Local Schools Leading the Sustainable Way

The Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines, has congratulated Banyule Primary School for winning the 2016 ResourceSmart School of the Year Award.

Presented at the Melbourne Museum, the Awards are Victoria’s largest sustainability awards program and recognise innovative sustainability projects in Victorian schools.

The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’ Ambrosio, said the inspirational work being carried out by our schools and communities gave her confidence that the government’s state-wide TAKE2 pledge initiative to reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, was gathering momentum.

Anthony Carbines said this year there was a record 206 incredible Awards entries, and to be the winner was testament to Banyule Primary School’s outstanding work.

Teacher at Banyule Primary School, Courtney Deacon, was a finalist in the Teacher of the Year award. Courtney isĀ an inspiration at Banyule Primary School. She has encouraged students and staff to be involved in sustainability projects and is the instigator of many of the projects such as a lunchtime gardening club for a new generation of student green thumbs. She also nurtures sustainability creativity in Banyule students, inspiring them to develop their own sustainability projects at home as well as at school.

Quotes that can be attributed to Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines

“Taking part in the ResourceSmart Schools Awards provides a unique opportunity to learn from other Victorian schools that are excelling in the area of sustainability and to share their experience with others.

“It’s a fantastic achievement that Banyule Primary School schools in can stand head and shoulders with Victoria’s best schools.

“We should all be proud of the work that schools in the Ivanhoe electorate have done. Let’s get even more schools involved next year so we can continue to move towards a sustainable future.”