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ResourceSmart Clifton Creek Primary School

Clifton Creek Primary School is a small rural school, established in 1911, which is a twenty minutes drive from Bairnsdale in East Gippsland, approximately 300 kilometres east of Melbourne. Our school community began to formalise sustainability...

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1020 Deptford Road, Clifton Creek, Victoria, Australia

Clifton Creek Primary School is a small rural school, established in 1911, which is a twenty minutes drive from Bairnsdale in East Gippsland, approximately 300 kilometres east of Melbourne. Our school community began to formalise sustainability processes through the Waste Wise program in 2007, switching to the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic in 2008. We have since obtained certification in 4 modules - Core, Waste, Energy, Water. And have a 1 star rating.

Our most significant achievement is to have established a basic recycling service for plastics, glass, aluminium beverage containers for the school and local community, something that is 'normal' to most areas. The school did already employ a local contractor for rubbish removal in wheelie bins and a skip for paper recycling, as this was an established service for the area. However no contractor was willing to collect other recyclables as the school is over 10kms from the closest town of Bairnsdale. The school Green Team worked for 3 years to try to convince local recycling contractors to collect other recyclables - ie, plastic, glass, aluminium and tin, but to no avail.

So the school applied and received a grant for a trailer to take the recyclables to the recycling contractor in Bairnsdale. Teachers or parents take it in turns to do this. The school decided to open the collection point at the school, to the local community. Thus recycling is available to the Clifton Creek community due to the school's initiative.

We continue to monitor our practices in these 4 modules, and are now engaging in the Biodiversity module. We have a new Frog Bog which took 1 year to research and build, and all students were involved in the progress. Students had term long projects to make identification charts and a frog key guide, and learn how to take care of frogs. They have done numerous tadpole counts. We have participated in National tree Day for 6 years, and at present are making information cards for all our native plants on the school grounds. Next year we anticipate doing birds surveys, investigating a wild life corridor for sugar gliders and extend the frog habitat around the bog.

We would love to hear what other schools are doing and maybe join with them to learn and have fun.