Students push for recycling in region
SAINT Mary's Year Six class can't understand why there isn't any recycling in the South Burnett, and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington in on board with their concerns.
The Year Six class have recently been learning about recycling, the environment, and the South Burnett's war on waste.
Ms Frecklington said she was very impressed when the Year Six class reached out, and that she just had to stop by to talk to them.
"It was all very special for me,” she said.
"They have all written persuasive pieces for me to read on how they think we can come together to clean up the South Burnett. It's a really lovely and great idea.
"One of their biggest concerns has been around the need for recycling here in the South Burnett.”
Ms Frecklington said this was a very important issue in the region and that she was impressed by how proactive the class were being.
"A lot of people are very complexed as to why there is no recycling here in the South Burnett,” she said.
"Especially when they first move here from somewhere that has a recycling system.
"The Year Six class have asked that I submit their ideas to the local council. I have of course spoken with mayor Keith Campbell about this issue before, but I am more than happy to do so again with their fresh ideas.”
Saint Mary's has recently done a project where they sorted their schools waste for the day into what was recyclable and what wasn't.
"I thought this was such a great initiative,” Ms Frecklington said.
"I think it's really important that we become more aware of what we are wasting and what could be reused and recycled.
"The amount of plastic bottles and disposable coffee cups wasted here is just ridiculous. It's not difficult to switch to using re-usable bottles and cups. In fact I think a lot of people here in the South Burnett have already made the switch.”
Ms Frecklington said she is looking forward to putting the ideas to council and seeing what the South Burnett Regional Council will do to address this issue.
"Ultimately it's up to them and what they decide to do,” Ms Frecklington told the Year Six class when she dropped by on Monday, June 24.
"However, we should never give up hope when it comes to making our voices heard.”