Students show their green flair

Tamara Smith MP with Bridie Cullinane

The inaugural schools' Green Innovation Awards were held at Trinity Catholic College in Lismore this week and I was delighted to be a guest. The awards are the brainchild of Bridie Cullinane (pictured with audience members), who is an environmentalist, Trinity alumni and local chiropractor. The idea behind the annual event is to harness students' brilliant ideas and inventions for us to achieve more environmental sustainability.

Students from Mullumbimby Public School entered their Waste Warriors program which followed a waste audit with Byron Shire Council. The students took matters into their own hands and from the six-bin recycling model through to their chickens, worm farms and food gardens this school is rocking it in the waste category.

Saint Ambrose Catholic School demonstrated their water recycling system and Empire Vale Primary School entered their "Sweet as – Sugar as Biofuel” project using performance art and scientific data to wow us all. Located deep within the Sunshine Sugar belt, children of cane farmers looking at creating biofuel from sugar cane is both authentic and future focused.

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