Warriors placed on NRM award ladder

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Nakara Primary School is a finalist in the 2021 Northern Territory Natural Resource Management [NRM] Awards.

In their first-time entry to the competition, the school has become one of three contenders in the Next Generation NRM Award category.

The awards highlight ‘diverse groups and projects contributing to the sustainable management of…waterways, land and sea’.

The selection acknowledges the school’s Eco Warriors — the years 2 to 6 recyclers of landfill destined materials.

Senior Teacher Michaela-Mercy McNair said the 12 students began this year, and “identified ways to make a cleaner and greener school”.

“A reduce, reuse and recycle campaign — beginning with a rubbish audit — targeted single use plastic food wrapping, promoted composting, redirected bottle tops into arts and crafts, and repurposed soft plastic classroom bins,” she said.

“They make students more environmentally aware, work towards our eco-school accreditation as a sustainable society, and regularly donate recyclable drink containers to the Down Syndrome Association.

“Their milestone achievements include lobbying local businesses for soil, plants and equipment to rejuvenate our food garden, installing and video advertising classroom recycling stations, Earth Day tree planting, and showcasing our eco-friendly credentials at Girraween Primary School’s field day.”

Ms McNair believes the innovative Eco Warriors have created a culture of effective resource conservation and enrichment.

The gala dinner, at which award winners are traditionally announced, has been postponed.

Nakara Eco Warriors with teachers Michaela-Mercy McNair (left) and Tracey Bradley
Nakara Eco Warriors with teachers Michaela-Mercy McNair (left) and Tracey Bradley

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