COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Thornton Public School's Landcare Award

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I would like to acknowledge Thornton Public School for its decade of conservation work, which was recognised when the school received the Junior Landcare Team Champions Award for 2019. The school launched its Junior Landcare group and environmental activities program in 2008. These provide students with an opportunity to become more aware of environmental concerns and learn how conservation plays a role in environment protection.

Thornton Public School sits on 3.5 hectares of land and parts of it still contain spotted gum and ironbark forest. Some experts estimate that a couple of the ironbarks are more than 900 years old. In the time since students first started working alongside Landcare they have developed a viewing deck, regenerated bushland, created trails through the bush, introduced informative signage, recreated natural habitats and replaced weeds with native plants.

Congratulations on this fantastic work, Thornton Public School. Your community, and our environment, thank you.