7 November 2016 Tyalla is Waste and Water Wise

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Ryan Minchinton, Cascade Environmental Educational Centre Educator, and Councillor Denise Knight with (left to right) Tyalla Stu

 To mark National Recycling Week 2016, Tyalla Primary School students and teachers are celebrating a double whammy of environmental successes.


For six years, Tyalla has been an accredited Waterwise school, but it recently completed an update of the popular programme and has achieved Waterwise Refresher status.

Plus, after installing a three-bin system waste system at the school, Tyalla has also joined a new scheme called Resourceful Schools.

Resourceful Schools - a partnership between Coffs Harbour City Council, Midwaste and Cascade Environmental Education Centre - is designed to help students learn all about the best ways to manage waste through practical and classroom-based activities.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight presented both accreditation certificates to the school and said she was always impressed with the goals schools achieve when they are committed to the environment.

“We could all learn something from the students at Tyalla,” she said at the presentation. “I know they’ll be doing their best to put what they’ve learnt into practice, but we can all do our bit for the environment by adopting the same principles in our homes and our workplaces.”

Fiona Spooner, coordinator of the Waterwise and Resourceful Schools programmes at Tyalla said: “The Resourceful Schools course has really opened the eyes of the students to the amount of waste we create every day and how we can better manage it. As a result of the Waterwise Schools Refresher, the students have become more aware of the importance of water conservation and the part they can play on a local level to be a part of the global solution.  For teachers, we are learning about the new geography syllabus and how being environmentally sustainable is an important aspect of being a responsible citizen in the 21st century.”

For further information on the Waterwise or Resourceful Schools programmes, contact John McQueen at Cascade Environmental Education Centre on 6657 4188.