Schoolchildren embrace Green House Project with enthusiasm

ORGANISERS are thrilled that the schools-based Green House Project has attracted so many – and interesting – entries in conjunction with this year’s Sustainable Namoi Living Expo on this weekend in Tamworth.

Sustainable Namoi Living spokesman Col Easton said the Green House Project, first introduced as an expo-related event last year, was even better this year.

STUDENTS GETTING SUSTAINABLE: Sarah, 11, and Caleb McIlveen, 9, of Carinya Christian School brought in their Green House Project entries to the North West Local Land Services office last month.
Photo: Col Easton

STUDENTS GETTING SUSTAINABLE: Sarah, 11, and Caleb McIlveen, 9, of Carinya Christian School brought in their Green House Project entries to the North West Local Land Services office last month. Photo: Col Easton

The project requires students to come up with an idea for a sustainable or environmentally friendly house.

More than 100 entries had been received – about the same as last year – but the ideas had really been exciting this time, with even an idea centred on a houseboat.

“It seems like students have taken it up to the next level this year,” Mr Easton said.

Mr Easton is quite excited about the students’ enthusiasm for the Green House Project.

“The kids are really embracing it and I think the teachers are as well,” he said.

He said they were demonstrating good skills – in research, writing, artistically and with regards to technology.

The expo, the sixth one held, is on over tomorrow and Saturday in Tamworth’s Bicentennial Park.

Mr Easton said local members of the Master Builders’ Association  would also be on hand with some displays for the first time.

The Sustainable Namoi Living Expo was for him, personally, even better than under the old Landcare/Namoi Catchment Authority model. Landcare was still involved and now the North West Local Land Services (LLS) helped run it.

“The transition, for me, has actually enriched Sustainable Namoi Living (which runs the expo and associated events, such as the 100-mile night, the Gen Y Enviro race and the Sustainable House Day, held in September),” he said.

LLS staff will also help run biosecurity and emergency response activities and demonstrations at the expo.

“It’s a really exciting enrichment to the program in general,” Mr Easton said.

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