Two Scenic Rim schools competing to be environmental heroes

JUNIOR environmental warriors are out in force as Roadvale State School and Tamborine State School are being recognised for their efforts.

The two Scenic Rim schools have been selected as finalists for Healthy Land and Water’s Water Warrior Award.

The schools were also calling on the public to vote for them as the favourite environmental hero in the People’s Choice Award.

Roadvale State School principal Rhonda Wakefield said she was very proud the school was being recognised for their hard work.

“We’re teaching students how to look after their country and showing them what their doing with the efforts,” she said.

Ms Wakefield said the Salinity Project aimed to re-establish endangered Brigalow forest and wildlife habitats.

She said the school’s program also addressed the challenge of rising salinity in soils by planting salt-resistant trees to lower the water table.

Tamborine State School co-project manager Lynn Churchill said students were thrilled the school was nominated for their Water Waste Warriors and Green Thumbs programs.

She said students felt they were making a difference by helping maintain the projects’ outdoor environment.

“They learn to minimise the impact of land and use less water to landfill,” Ms Churchill said.

She said a chicken tractor, Yarning Circle and an Indigenous Bush Tucker garden were only some areas in the outdoor space.

Ms Churchill said it was a community effort to have areas such as the worm farm operational.

“Everyone has been a great help, donating things like buckets, compost and even worms,” she said.

Award winners will be announced at Healthy Land and Water Awards Gala Dinner on September 1.

To vote a school for the People’s Choice Award, visit the website.