Official Media Release

Upper Hunter Public Schools Benefit From Sustainable Schools Grants

Michael Johnsen MP Member for Upper Hunter today announced the local recipients for the NSW Government’s inaugural $2.5 million Sustainable Schools Grants.

Mr Johnsen said he was excited that Gloucester High School, Dungog High School and Belltrees Public School had all received grants in the new student-led program that’s focused on improving the environment at schools.

“I am thrilled that our local schools have been successful with their grant applications,” Mr Johnsen said.

“The Sustainable Schools Grants will empower students and school communities to implement projects that will benefit the environment by helping to save energy or water, reduce waste, or improve biodiversity.”

“I very much look forward to seeing the wonderful projects come to life in the coming months.”

Gloucester High School received $15,000 for its Kitchen Garden Project, while Dungog High School received $15,000 for its Waste Project and Belltrees Public School received $15.000 for its Kitchen Garden Project.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said 194 NSW public schools received Sustainable Schools Grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 each.

“I’m very glad that schools from across the state embraced the new Sustainable Schools Grants whole heartedly,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The standard of all the submissions was very impressive, and I commend all the participating schools on their efforts.”

“Grant applications included innovative sustainability projects such as kitchen gardens, water storage strategies, and even bee highways to improve biodiversity.

“I encourage other schools to start thinking of applying for the next round of grants.”








The Sustainable Schools Grants program, which provides a total of $10 million over four years, is open to all NSW public schools and preschools with the next application round open in November.


The NSW Government is investing $6.7 billion over four years to deliver 190 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. In addition, a record $1.3 billion is being spent on school maintenance over five years, along with a record $500 million for the sustainable Cooler Classrooms program to provide air conditioning to schools. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.