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With just 60 students, four teachers and eight support staff Collinsvale Primary is punching well above its weight in its commitment to pass on the importance of environmental conservation to the next generation.

This commitment to the conservation and protection of natural systems was recognised at the 2023-24 State and Territory Landcare Awards where the school claimed the Woolworths Junior Landcare Award.

Local botanist Dr Tanya Scharaschkin, known as Dr Tanya to the students, has been assisting the school develop multiple projects to reduce its environmental impact.

“Everyone at the school, including the teachers, support staff and students have been very enthusiastic about doing their part to restore and protect the local natural environment,” she said.

“The entire school has embraced several worthwhile projects, including the adopting a zero waste approach to its rubbish, creating and maintaining a beautiful on-site space through its garden club and conducting some valuable work in the Collinsvale Reserve.

“The importance of passing on these values to the next generation cannot be overstated as they will be the ones striving towards a brighter future if given the right tools and knowledge to do so.

“With programs like this perseverance is incredibly important and recognising the commitment of school leaders, volunteers and students along the journey makes everything worthwhile.”

Landcare Australia chief executive officer Shane Norrish said all the award winners showed an exceptional level of commitment to restoring the natural environment where they lived and worked.

“Their achievements benefit not only help our land and water assets but help create partnerships and build community resilience across Australia,” he said.

“As we celebrate and acknowledge their hard efforts we also find inspiration in their hard work and reminds us that landcare is a collective effort.”

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Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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