Flinders MP and Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he was thrilled to visit Dromana Primary School today as they participated in the 25th year of Schools Clean Up Day.
Minister Hunt said the school had done tremendous work rehabilitating the natural environment and making sure school grounds were kept free of rubbish.
“What the students have achieved at Dromana Primary is truly remarkable,” Minister Hunt said.
“Talking to the environment captains at the school I can see their passion for rehabilitating bushland and reducing pollutants on the school grounds.
“This is the next generation of environmentalists and I know they will be the ones to continue the good work that has already been achieved in conservation and land management.”
Principal Bruce Mesley said every day was school clean-up day at Dromana Primary.
“Our students make a conscious effort every day to keep the school free from rubbish, reduce waste and recycle to ensure our environment is the best it can be,” Mr Mesley said.
“It is great to see the students putting what they have learnt into practice and taking a serious interest in the preservation of our natural environment.”
Minister Hunt said this Sunday people around the country would roll up their sleeves to take part in Clean Up Australia Day.
“This is an opportunity for us all to tackle waste and litter in our local communities and help to keep Australia beautiful,” Minister Hunt said.
“The Australian Government supports the fantastic work done by the Clean Up Australia campaign with $300,000 over three years in funding from our National Landcare Programme.”
Last year’s Clean Up Australia Day was a great success with more than 533,500 volunteers across Australia collecting over 13,708 tonnes of rubbish from clean-up sites across the country.
“This is a fantastic effort and it shows that by working together we can make a real difference to keep Australia clean,” Minister Hunt said.
“This year we hope to see a lot of new faces joining forces to help clean up, especially the younger generation whether it is through their school or in their local community.”