Alawa captures coveted NRM awards


Alawa Primary School has collected the Junior Natural Resource Management Award and the People’s Choice Award in the NT Natural Resource Management Awards.

The school, one of three finalists, was chosen for its promotion of species variety by creating safe habitats for local plants and animals, its commitment to recycling and composting waste, and its campaign to minimise plastic straw consumption and plastic pollutants.

The school’s Operations and Communications Manager Tamra Caruana said different student leadership teams head the projects, which involve the entire school.

“We thought we’d showcase what we do on a day-to-day basis; there’s always something happening at the school,” she said.

“There are some projects that are ongoing, such as the plastic straw awareness campaign, waste management, and bottle and can recycling.

“But the student leadership members change each year, and the new members will propose projects to be implemented.”

The other finalists were Gunbalanya School for its study of the impact of the Salvinia Weevil on the invasive aquatic weed Salvina Molesta, and Nightcliff Primary School for the biodiversity and sustainability projects of its Eco Warriors.

The Djenj Project: Binini Fishing Past, Present & Future, a program involving Gunbalanya School and Jabiru Area School, was a Best Collaboration in Natural Resource Management Award finalist.

The winners were announced at the NT NRM conference on 13 November in Darwin.

Alawa captures coveted NRM awards

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