Green Thumbs Aren’t for Texting

Enviro grant plants seed of change at Coal Point school.

Coal Point Public School received $3000 last year to transform overgrown sections of its grounds into herb gardens, a native bee sanctuary and strips of native vegetation.

Coal Point Public School students tending the garden

Twelve months later the gardens are a lush haven, for students at the school and the insects and other wildlife that forage among the new plantings.

Council Manager Community Partnerships Andrew Bryant said the results demonstrated the significant gains on offer via the biannual environmental sustainability grants.

The grant program supports community initiated projects that improve our local environment and inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour in Lake Macquarie,” Mr Bryant said.

The efforts of Coal Point Public School are a great example of the fantastic, diverse projects we’ve seen across our City since the grants launched.”

School Principal Kim Creswell said Council’s environmental sustainability grant had provided “immense” benefit.

The response has been fantastic. Many families have commented on how impressed they are with the implementation of sustainable practices and life skills for their children,” Ms Creswell said.

The children are now actively watering and looking after the gardens, and taking an active interest in how the plants are changing as they grow.”

Applications are open until 5pm Monday 19 August for the latest round of grants, with funds to be paid to successful applicants in December.

Up to $3000 is available per grant application. Go to for more information.