Twelve primary and high schools in Queensland and Western Australian are recipients of the first Lendlease Junior Landcare Grants. These grants are supporting the next generation of environmental and community leaders by fostering relationships with youth, the local community and Indigenous champions to drive greater environmental and social outcomes in communities where Lendlease has a presence.
The grants of up to $5,000 each, totaling nearly $60,000 in funding, were awarded for environmental projects focusing on biodiversity, food production, Indigenous perspectives, waste management or a combination of these. Projects of some of the successful applicants include a fruit and vegetable garden, a revegetation project, waste management and planting native plants to create an outdoor learning centre.
Eight of the 12 grant recipients will be implementing projects that encompass Indigenous perspectives, including several bush tucker gardens, complimented by Yarning Circles. Yarning Circles have been used by Indigenous peoples from around Australia and around the world for centuries to learn from a collective group, build respectful relationships and to preserve and pass on cultural knowledge. In the case of these Junior Landcare projects, the students will construct Yarning Circles and use them to learn about the environment through Aboriginal culture. Schools implementing environmental projects with an Indigenous perspective will be collaborating with local Indigenous Elders.
Click here to see the list of the schools and their projects that have received a 2020 Lendlease Junior Landcare grant.