Tree Levy building better school grounds

The 2017 Tree Levy grant was used to enhance the front of Kandos High School with a new native tree and shrub garden

Kandos was known as “the town that built Sydney” and the students, parents and teachers of the local high school are carrying on that tradition in their own front yard.

But instead of shipping cement to capital, as the town did for decades, the locals are building better school grounds with the help of Federation’s Tree Levy grant.

Dayna Murphy, at Kandos High School, thanked Federation for the $486 grant as well as the volunteers and the donation of equipment usage by local businesses to help with the project. “The grant was used to enhance the front of the school with a new native tree and shrub garden that was built with the help of parents, students and staff during the September school holidays,” she said.

“The plants that were purchased from our local nursery, Lana’s Peppermint Grove, included native trees, native shrubs and native grasses.

“The new garden was developed to enhance the new school entrance and administration area and due to the positioning of the new landscaping it will support the Year 12 outdoor educational space.”

The annual Tree Levy grant aims to offset the environmental impact of the union’s activities via a notional levy on the paper used by the Federation. This provides funding for the purchase of native trees and native shrubs for planting in public school grounds.

The Tree Levy helps the environment, improves our public schools and positively promotes the Union in the local community.

The 2017 Tree Levy grant was used to enhance the front of Kandos High School with a new native tree and shrub garden.

2018 Tree Levy Grants

Federation funds an annual grants scheme called the Tree Levy that aims to offset the environmental impact of the union’s activities via a notional levy on the paper used by the Federation. This funds the purchase of native trees and native shrubs for planting in public school grounds.

The Tree Levy helps the environment, improves our public schools and positively promotes the union in the local community.

Schools are invited each year to submit an application for a grant of up to $500 to purchase native trees and shrubs.

Information will be sent to schools in Term 1, 2018, with applications to open in Term 2.