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Tweed Shire Council offers some educational opportunities and speaking engagements for Tweed schools, learning institutions and community groups. They range from tours of Council facilities to talks about various projects, programs and local government.

Schools can also get invovled in various competitions and events, which will be listed here when available.

Tweed Environmental Leadership Program

Tree Climb 2018

Tweed Shire Year 10 students – apply now for a free four-day Outward Bound Australia learning adventure at Kunghur, funded by Tweed Shire Council.

From 2-5 July 2019, participating students will complete a wilderness adventure, designed to inspire students interested in environmental sustainability to take a leadership role within their school and community.

The program will involve outdoor activities such as hiking and navigating, abseiling and canoeing, camping and bush skills. Participants will be encouraged to try new things, to step out of their comfort zone and discover and develop their leadership potential. The program is designed to inspire, build confidence, communication and collaboration skills in participants to assist them to lead a future initiative or get involved with a local environmental organisation.

The theme for the 2019 program is ‘measurability’. This is an important aspect of any environmental project and will be integrated into the program via topics on waste, custodianship, respect, gratitude, ecological monitoring, individual, and collective carbon footprints.

Places are limited to 18. Applications close 5pm Monday 6 May 2019. Download the application form (390kB PDF) for details.

Download the application form

Successful applicants will be notified after 20 May 2019.

Graduation Photo 2018

Opportunity for students - Call for entries

Proudly funded by the NSW State Government, the Green Innovation Awards (Northern Rivers) encourage children to develop a passion for the environment by asking them to invent, develop, and present solutions for greener living.

Primary school and high school students are asked to demonstrate their innovative ideas in Waste Management, Water Management, Building and Packaging materials or Biofuels and Renewable Energy.

Furthermore, the Awards aim to show students that their contribution is valuable and to educate them that we all have a part to play in looking after our world.

For further information, visit www.greeninnovationawards.com.au (external link).

Early Childhood Program

Tweed City Council is a participant in the Dirtgirlworld’s interactive sustainability program for early childhood learning. The program covers a range of sustainability topics including recycling, composting, being water wise, getting out in nature, energy use, and worm farming.

Dirtgirlworld’s ‘get grubby’ program promotes sustainable behaviours and provides a range of useful programs and resources to early childhood educators. It is an integrated curriculum project that aims to address and explore the key learning outcomes of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care. To get a preview go to www.dirtgirlworldgetgrubby.com (external link).

The ‘get grubby’ program is available to preschools, early childhood centres and primary aged students in the Tweed Local Government Area, with costs covered by Tweed City Council. If you would like to be involved and enjoy the fun and learning opportunities presented by this program, phone us on (02) 6670 2400 or email waste@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

Waste Education

School and community groups are able to:

  • Book a group tour (15 to 50 people) to the private recycling facility at Chinderah also known as the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) to see how your recyclables from the yellow bin is sorted. A viewing room and overhead cameras set up through the facility enables participants to see how these items are sorted and baled before being sent away to make new products. Groups larger than 25 will be broken up into 2 groups with each being supervised separately. Bookings are requested and will depend on the availability of the MRF and Education Officer. Visit is for 1 hour and only available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Transportation to the facility is arranged by the school or group.
  • Book a tour to Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre at Stotts Creek to learn how your waste is sorted and processed to reach our community’s goal of less to landfill. Find out what else can be recycled and what can be dropped off to Stotts for FREE. Groups are accompanied by an experienced officer who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Transportation to the facility is arranged by the school or group and an officer will join the group on the bus for the guided tour.*Bus with good ground clearance needs to be supplied by school / group. Smaller buses are preferable to access all areas, however if a larger bus is used it must have a microphone for guide’s use. Tour is for 1 hour.
  • Book a waste Education Officer to come to you! Topics such as the 3 bin system, what goes in the bins, waste collection services, the waste hierarchy and reduction of waste to landfills can be presented on your site.

Above bookings dependent on availability and information school/community group can provide on how they are currently or aim to save waste from landfill.

Take part in DIY Waste-wise Programs:

  • Our Waste-wise Program Kit outlines a simple method of setting up a cost-effective waste management system that incorporates recycling and composting/organics.
  • The Litter Free Lunch (Nude Food Lunch) Program can be run as either a stand-alone activity or as part of the Waste-wise School Program. ‘Litter Free Lunch’ days are a great way to get children to begin to think about ‘Rubbish’ and what they are throwing into the bin. Children bring a ‘litter free lunch’ to school and learn how they can reduce their waste by avoiding pre-packaged items and instead buying in bulk and using re-useable containers. Conduct your own waste audit before and after your Litter Free Lunch and send these audit sheets to Council for further support. Council will provide a report and suggestions on how to create a waste reduction action plan for your school.

For any of the above waste bookings or to receive a DIY waste program phone Tweed Shire Council on (02) 6670 2400 or email waste@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

Water and Wastewater Education

School and community groups are able to book tours of Council's Water Treatment facilities. Open Days during special events also enable the community to visit and learn how their water is treated. Groups are accompanied by an experienced officer who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Groups larger than 25 people will be broken up into smaller groups with each being supervised separately.

The Urban Water Cycle:

From Catchment to Tap

Join a plant staff member for a tour of the Bray Park Water Treatment Plant and learn how we treat our water to a standard that is safe for drinking. Be guided through displays in the education centre, check out where your water is filtered on the viewing platform and watch an educational DVD to see some of those ‘behind the scenes’ processes that you would not see through the tour.

This tour can be catered to mid to upper primary, year 12 chemistry / tertiary groups or adult community interest groups. Specialist speakers can also be arranged to talk about the Tweed Kenya Mentoring Program, outlining the differences in how we treat water compared to Kenya and the work that has been done by staff through this program. Suited for Primary Stage 2-3, High School, Tertiary and Adult Groups. Tour is approx 1 hour. Maximum Group numbers of 25.

Waste Water Treatment

What happens to the water that disappears down the plug hole or toilet? Do you know which Waste water Treatment Plant your household is serviced by? Knowing where your waste water goes is an important part of being a water wise Tweed resident.

This guided tour available at the Kingscliff or Banora Point Waste Water Treatment Plant will take you through a local facility, where you will learn how the water is treated so it can safely be reused or returned to the environment. Suited for Primary Stage 2-3, High School, Tertiary, Adult Groups. Tour is approx 45 min. Maximum Group numbers of 25.

All Water and Wastewater tour requests can be emailed to wateradmin@tweed.nsw.gov.au or call Tweed Shire Council on (02) 6670 2400.

Water education facilities

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Councillors come out to our school to speak to students?
Councillors can come out to your school to talk to students. To arrange for a Councillor to visit, please call Council’s Community Engagement Officer on (02) 6670 2400.
What ages can council cater for with their talks or tours?
Council caters for Primary School groups through to High School.  Talks and tours of Council facilities can also be catered to Tertiary education and adult groups.  
 

Is there a cost?
No.
Can Council officers come to our school to speak to students?
Yes. Council Officers may be able to attend schools and give talks on the Natural Resource Management, Waste and Water units however it is subject to availability and project workload.
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