ECU received funding from BHP Billiton for a PhD student for this project, as well as funding from Sustainable Energy Development Office. The project was jointly conducted between five primary schools, Curtin University and ECU, and each school installed renewable energy devices on site, such as a wind turbine and bio diesel generator.
ECU contributed staff to sit on the committee, the PhD supervision for the funded student, materials for teaching and learning for primary school-aged children and adults and a website where this information would be free and downloadable to the public.
The aim of the Worsley Energy Challenge is to motive Western Australians to reduce their energy consumption. The challenge is unique in that representatives of organisations in the South West Region engaged in the project with ECU participate in a collaborative management team. The pilot project delivers benefits for researchers, the educational institutions, the companies and to the broader community, as a demonstration of what can be achieved through renewable energy investment.
Dr Sandra Wooltorton.
Curtin University, Australian Association of Environmental Educators, Amaroo Primary School, Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, Bunbury Primary School, Dalyellup Primary School.