Celebrating Queensland's primary school environmental leaders
1 December 2010
The launch of the revolutionary Green Lane Diary project in schools across Queensland in Term 3 2010 has been hailed a great success.
Some 14,000 students in 200 schools delivered innovative green ideas and projects in schools and communities both in Queensland and interstate.
The inaugural Green Cross Australia Green Lane Diary Awards were presented at the Queensland Museum South Bank by Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson and Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones.
Winners of Outstanding Class Achievement Awards were: Ocean Shores Public School, NSW (Putting sustainable thinking into action); St Mary's Primary School, Ipswich (Green entrepreneurs); Heatley State School, Townsville (Changing our community); Beaconsfield State School, Mackay (Green class leading by example); and Manorvale Primary School, Werribee, Victoria (Green performers educating others).
Maleney State School won the 2010 Green Lane Diary Class Award for 'Leading the way for schools across Australia'.
The Class Community Action Award went to St Brendan's Catholic Primary School, Moorooka, for its 'Supporting Clean Water for Ghana Kids' project.
Outstanding Individual Achievement Awards went to Pantea Konn (Year 6, Seven Hills State School), Brooke Mills (Year 7, Sunshine Beach State School) and Chloe Melville (Year 5, Taranganba State School).
The 2010 Green Lane Diary Hero Award was Runcorn State School Year 7 student Nicholas Buddle.
Green Cross Australia Director of Education Miranda Mason said: 'Green Lane Diary has unleashed environmental understanding and action across primary schools.
'From gardens that protect butterflies to orangutang-friendly tuckshops and Barrier Reef waste monitoring programs - these kids are willing to show real leadership in environmental protection.'
It is hoped the full project, including hardcopy diaries, will be rolled out to other eastern Australian states in Term 3 next year.