Green move wins praise for school
SIGNIFICANT water efficiency changes to reduce scheme water use has earned Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School State-level recognition.
The school’s recent initiatives include a major leak detection program, upgrades of scheme water to bore water and the installation of a 180 kilowatt solar panel system.
Acting head of school Matthew O’Brien said the school’s sustainability approach was a team effort that would continue and develop through its water management and solar panel system projects.
“These upgrades enable us to match water type to water usage to implement close monitoring for the earlier detection of unexplained water loss or use,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Our solar panel system will achieve significant savings and recover its cost of installation within three years which will reduce the school’s energy impact.”
Water Minister Dave Kelly congratulated the school for its improvements in water efficiency in recent months.
“These changes will deliver long-term benefits to the school and is a demonstration that everyone in the community has a role to play to save precious water in our drying climate,” Mr Kelly said.
Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray commended the school for taking on a leadership role for the wider Gelorup community.
“This initiative will not only succeed in significantly reducing Bunbury Cathedral Grammar’s own water consumption, it will instil positive habits in students which they can carry with them into later life,” Mr Murray said.
The school expects to save more than 10 million litres of scheme water each year.
Our solar panel system will achieve significant savings – Matthew O’Brien
Bunbury Cathedral Grammar students Charlotte Dunn, Anna Gathercole, Charlotte Lindsay, all 8, and Lucinda O’Brien, 7, work on the school’s water efficient garden.