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Future Leaders in Sustainability

The Future Leaders in Sustainability Program is an exciting collaboration between Council and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

The program is delivered to Hobsons Bay high school students in Years 9 to 10, engaging them to solve real-world, local environmental problems using skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The curriculum-based program:

  • encourages leadership in environmental sustainability
  • develops core STEM skills in students and teachers
  • improves student engagement, participation and learning outcomes in STEM
  • encourages higher levels of youth engagement in solving community problems
  • motivates students to be ready for the future 

2022 Future Leaders for Sustainability Project Exhibition – Open to the community 

This year’s participants will have their projects on display in the foyer of the Altona Civic Centre from 16 August to 16 September 2022. Come have a look and be inspired by our youth’s power to solve real-world environmental challenges in a local context.

To find out more about this program or register your school's interest in being involved next year, contact the sustainability team at

Schools Environment Program

This program features three workshops focusing on biodiversity, waste and litter and environmental action planning around climate change. Half day workshops are available for years 3 to 6, one group per school of up to 60 children can attend per term with this program, which takes place at both Newport Lakes or Truganina Park. Travel to the reserve is included in this free program.

Schools and children from other levels are also encouraged to actively participate in hands on activities in our conservation reserves. These may also include participation in National Tree Day and Clean Up Australia Day.

To find out more about this program please contact

Teachers Environment Network

Teachers Environment Networks (TENs) are a great way to get to know what is happening in your Council area. You will meet other teachers working on sustainability and environment initiatives, get to know Council officers and attend fun and informative sessions designed for educators. 

Hobsons Bay supports a TEN, meeting quarterly (once per term) to network and discover methods and resources to teach environmental issues to students. These meetings are open to primary, secondary and early childhood teachers and educators.

To find out when the next meeting is, contact