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FREE Waste Education for Schools – Caring for Country

The Waste in the classroom guides are designed to support teachers by providing easy-to-use, stand-alone activities that develop student understanding about waste issues.  You can also find it at

This guide enables educators to connect to and embed:

Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines—QCAA

Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priorities:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Sustainability—Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)—1.4 and 2.4—Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)

Knowledge frameworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples—QCAA

It identifies Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge frameworks which support educators to facilitate learning that is culturally respectful and inclusive. More information about these knowledge frameworks can be found on the QCAA webpage above.

Similarly, the Australian Curriculum recognises the importance of embedding understandings about Australia’s First Nations across the learning areas to enable:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families to see their cultures reflected in the classroom learning and practice.
  • all students to understand and respect First Nation cultures and the goals of reconciliation.

This guide highlights the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority organising ideas[1] (OI) relevant to sustainable waste management education in schools:

OI2—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities maintain a special connection to and responsibility for Country/Place.

OI5—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ ways of life are uniquely expressed through ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing.

Kids in Action Program 2020


Super excited to be diversifying my portfolio of projects in 2020 with the Kids in Action program here on the Sunshine Coast.

I have been involved with the Kids in Action program for many years and am excited to continue with the great work this program has achieved over this time.  In 2020, I will be teaming up with Karen Shaw from Brush Turkey who was the original contractor for KIA and Mandy Bottrell who has been instrumental in the success of the program for many years in her position with Envirocom.  Together, we are the new contractors for 2020-21  and are focused on strengthening and developing the program further to ensure First Nations knowledge and engagement are at the core of this program.

2020’s Theme is We are Botanica: Plants for healthy bodies, minds, spirit, and planet.

The program will engage over 300 students from schools that are located on Jinibari and Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubii lands within the Sunshine Coast Regional Councils footprint.  Students will engage with First Nations mentors to learn more about the world around them with a particular focus on Botanics.  Teachers will be supported to build their knowledge, pedagogical approaches, professional practices and relationships with First Nations Custodians to build a shared understanding of our world.  Check out these clips from 2019 to see what this program is all about, you will not be disappointed.



If you are a teacher or parent of a child on the Sunshine Coast, please get in contact with me to receive program information about this premiere Environmental Education program.  More information can be accessed via and by watching the two clips above.

Britannica Digital Learning Feature

Learn more about me and how I developed my cultural capability over the past 20 years in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education.  Over the past 2 years, I have supported Britannica to embed this important Cross Curriculum priority.  Click on the image below to head to their blog for the whole story.


Neil Murray Concerts

Neil Murray Live in Concert

Neil Murray








Neil Murray first appeared in the early eighties as a founding member of the Warumpi Band, which over 3 albums and twenty years of performing propelled contemporary Indigenous music into mainstream Australia.

Since this, Neil Murray has become one of Australia’s most respected and influential singer/songwriters and has enjoyed a solo carer since 1989.  In 1995, Neil was awarded the APRA song of the year for “My Island Home”, originally written for the Warumpi Band and re-recorded by Christine Anu.  “My Island Home” has become something of an unofficial anthem and featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Neil’s latest album – Bring Thunder and Rain exudes belonging like few Australians can.  Neil will be playing on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane in April.  Tickets will sell fast so secure yours now.

10th April – Maleny Community Centre – Sunshine Coast QLD

16th April – Junk Bar – Ashgrove Brisbane

18th April – Eudlo Hall – Sunshine Coast QLD

If you are interested in Neil Murray playing in your home town, contact me to discuss the possibilities.





Sunshine Coast Queensland