Yesterday, members of the SMGS Environment Committee gathered to learn that they had been successful in their application for a grant from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal and ABC Heywire. The student group is one of only 24 from across Australia who will share in over $180 000 of funding that will contribute to engaging youth in their local regions.
 
The students and Ms Chanelle Abdipranoto, SMGS Environment Club co-ordinator were joined by Ms Rebecca Mooy, the NSW Hawkweed Volunteer and Partnerships Coordinator from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to hear the announcement. The Environment Committee will be working closely with Ms Mooy and NPWS to implement their project.
 
For 2020, six project areas were identified by FRRR and ABC Heywire with the SMGS proposal aimed at meeting the Green Book criteria of connecting young people to their local environment in a changing climate. The SMGS Environment Committee will use the grant to implement their Mountains, Monitoring, Motivating project to allow students from local schools to learn how climate change impacts the fragile ecosystems in the Australian Alps.
 
Over the next year, students will take part in workshops, undertake learning activities with the NPWS Kosciuszko Education Centre and support NPWS staff with vegetation and wildlife surveys. Throughout the program, the Environment Committee will use social media to communicate their progress and run a range of competitions to encourage engagement and participation.
 
The Environment Committee would like to thank Ms Mooy and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for their help in developing the proposal and partnering with SMGS. They are also very grateful for the opportunity that the FRRR and ABC Heywire grant provides and look forward to the challenges and rewards that lie ahead.