Local miners support local environmental education

November 19, 2013

Students across the Hunter Valley are progressing with projects like planting vegetable patches, learning about local flora and regenerating degraded areas around the school yard thanks to ongoing support from a local mining company.

Local mining company, Peabody Energy Australia, has donated thousands of dollars in funding to six local schools. The awards help teachers and their students develop projects as part of their school environmental management plans required by school curriculums.

Environmental management plans at NSW mine sites can include establishing native vegetation, extensive monitoring of local flora and fauna and ensuring appropriate rehabilitation techniques.

NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said the NSW Mining EnviroSmart Awards program increases student awareness of environmental issues and pride in their schools, while also helping to raise community awareness of the way local miners care for the environment.

“Our NSW Mining EnviroSmart program supports students and their teachers to implement a local plan to take care of their schoolyard environments,” Mr Galilee said.

“Tasks as simple as recycling classroom waste or creating schoolyard composts encourage students to think about how others in their local communities – such as local environmental managers and engineers - responsibly manage impacts at nearby mining operations.”

“As an industry, we work extremely hard to minimise our environmental impacts, and I’m proud that our NSW Mining EnviroSmart Awards program continues to go from strength to strength,” Mr Galilee said.

“It is my privilege to announce these six EnviroSmart grants today. Peabody Energy Australia supports this initiative as a practical way of increasing environmental awareness in our schools and the Hunter Valley community,” Peter Baker, General Manager of Peabody Energy-Wambo Coal, said today.

Schools receiving funding from Peabody Energy Australia in 2013:
  • St Catherine’s Catholic College
  • King Street Public School
  • Milbrodale Public School
  • Kirkton Public School
  • Singleton High School
  • Singleton Heights Public School
Media Contact: Chris Rath crath@nswmining.com.au or 0409 758 734

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