SHINING EXAMPLE: Tuntable Creek Primary School students will benefit from new solar panels after the school received a grant.
SHINING EXAMPLE: Tuntable Creek Primary School students will benefit from new solar panels after the school received a grant. Contributed

Sun shines on small school

TUNTABLE Creek Public School has received a very welcome endowment.

The small school, after five years of applying, has received a $30,000 grant as part of the National Solar Schools Program, and they couldn't be happier.

The money, granted by the Federal Government's Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, will go towards the installation of solar panels on the roof of the school.

Kathleen McMahon, the school administration manager, has been dealing with all the paperwork surrounding the matter for a long time and is thoroughly pleased at the culmination of the process.

"For about five years there have been rounds each year, but because of the size of our school, we hadn't been successful," she said.

The school of 13 students sits right in the heart of an environmental culture, close to Nimbin and within radar of the Rainbow Power Company, and that flows through to the essence of the school, said Mrs McMahon.

"It's important for us as a school to be sustainable," Mrs McMahon said.

"We have a lot of families who are sustainable in their own right and it's important as well for us to reflect what our community believes in."

Relieving principal Alison Bath said to receive the grant was fantastic given the size of the school, and that it truly reflects what the school as a whole believes in - sustainability.

The students are well aware of environmental issues at Tuntable Creek Public School, said Mrs Bath.

It's seems the school really is living up to their motto: A small school "making a difference."

It is unknown when construction will begin or the number of solar panels to be installed.



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