The Zero Litter in Georges River project has reached a significant milestone, concluding the school education and community engagement phase with resounding success.
This collaborative initiative, bringing together six primary schools from Como, Minto, Wattle Grove, Bossley Park, Connells Point, and Georges Hall, has made a lasting impact on the local community.
Here’s a brief overview of the accomplishments, inspiration, and commitment that have shaped this unique project.
At the heart of the project was the integration of environmental education aligned with the NSW curriculum and designed by Georges River Environmental Education Centre (GREEC).
The six participating schools enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to learn about stormwater pollution and explore practical solutions to reduce litter flow into the Georges River.
Students became environmental advocates, equipped with knowledge and empowered to make a positive difference.
An exciting aspect of the Zero Litter in Georges River project was the opportunity for students to channel their creativity.
Students conceptualised and designed striking artworks that would grace local footpaths near storm drains.
These captivating visuals served as a poignant reminder of the need for responsible waste management and preservation of our waterways.
The project went beyond the confines of the school walls, actively involving the broader community.
Students became the stars of endearing campaign videos, sharing their knowledge, insights, and passion with neighbours, friends, and family members.
This community engagement fostered a sense of shared responsibility and encouraged active participation in creating a litter-free environment.
One of the project's highlights was the integration of Augmented Reality (AR) technology into the street art.
Passersby were invited to scan a QR code adjacent to the artworks, unlocking an interactive encounter with a virtual long-neck turtle named 'Zero.'
Through this innovative feature, the community forged a deeper connection and understanding of the cause.
The lessons developed for the Zero Litter in Georges River project are valuable resources available for free on a dedicated site, enable schools throughout the region to access the program's teachings.
By extending this knowledge-sharing initiative, the project aims to inspire and empower a broader audience to take action against litter and pollution.
As a tangible symbol of the project's achievements, remarkable footpath artworks emerged across key locations.
The finished artworks can be seen at the Como Pleasure Grounds, Wattle Grove Lake, Harris Creek Reserve in Holsworthy, Sarah Redfern Park in Minto, Orphan School Creek in Edensor Park, Bonnyrigg Town Centre Park, Hurstville Interchange, Oatley Reserve, Lake Gillawarna, Garrison Point, and outside the participating schools in Como, Minto, Wattle Grove, Bossley Park, Connells Point and Georges Hall.
Their vibrant colours and thought-provoking designs acted as a constant reminder of the community's collective commitment to protect the Georges River.
None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the support of the Australian Government and Georges Riverkeeper’s member councils including Sutherland Shire Council, Georges River Council, Fairfield City, Liverpool City Council, Campbelltown Council, City of Canterbury Bankstown. Their dedicated commitment to the project's vision played a pivotal role in its realisation.
The completion of the school education and community engagement phase marks an important milestone in the Zero Litter in Georges River project. However, it is not the end of the journey.
The passion, inspiration, and determination cultivated during this phase will continue to drive future endeavours, ensuring a cleaner, healthier Georges River for generations to come.
Check out the Zero Litter in Georges River project website for more info.
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