Council takes sustainability message to the classroom

Date published: 11 May 2017

Townsville City Council staff will deliver a workshop at St Clare’s Catholic School tomorrow teaching Year 5 students about microbes and probiotics.

The Tuckshop Kombucha workshop will teach students the process of making kombucha tea – a fun and healthy drink alternative to soft drinks with abundant health benefits.

The session is the first of a series of workshops teaching students about sustainability, water conservation, health and nutrition.

Community Health and Environment Committee chair Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said through the workshops council hoped to inspire the kids to be healthier and more environmentally conscious.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from students and parents around this kombucha workshop – it’s great because the kids can learn how to make it in the classroom and then replicate the process at home,” Cr Greaney said.

“They will learn about microbes and probiotics in a fun and engaging way.

“We hope that through these workshops we can get children excited about health and sustainability from a young age which will hopefully make them healthier and more environmentally conscious adults.”

Council will follow up the first workshop with a donation of zero water wicking beds for the school. The wicking beds will be used to grow food in the school grounds using only waste water from the school air-conditioners and kept healthy with microbes.