House debates

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Statements by Members

Mayo Electorate: Encounter Lutheran College

1:42 pm

Photo of Rebekha SharkieRebekha Sharkie (Mayo, Centre Alliance) Share this | | Hansard source

Good things happen in Mayo! I recently met with a group of students at Encounter Lutheran College in Victor Harbor. Those students give up their lunchtime to make their school and our world a better place. They call themselves CREST Earth—with 'CREST' standing for Catalyst, Research, Enrichment, Scope and Transformation—and they're from years 5 to 11.

I attended a presentation of their work recently. They were telling me about their projects, which include organising kitchen caddies for each classroom so that green organic waste can go into composting bins, and they've established worm farms; labelling all the school bins so students can sort their rubbish; growing their own herbs and vegetables to supply the school cafe with fresh produce; and plans for a beach clean-up. They're keen to create a multipurpose drinking fountain in their school and are participating in Nude Food October with lunch boxes, so they can cut down on plastic waste.

This is real action in their school community and in our wider community about making our world a better place. They are leaders in our community, even though they are so young. I commend them for the great work they do, and I look forward to joining the students from CREST Earth for their beach clean-up.