Cairns Reef Guardian Schools given helping hand

Published: 20/07/2011

Two Cairns Reef Guardian Schools will be recognised tomorrow (Friday 11 March 2011) for the innovative environmental work they intend to undertake in 2011.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Regional Liaison Officer Rhianna Rickard said students and teachers from Holy Cross Primary School and Whitfield State School will be presented with $500 as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Ripples of Change seed funding grants.

"Both schools have been active participants in the Reef Guardian Schools program and will use this funding to further their environmental activities," Ms Rickard said.

"Holy Cross Primary School will plant a vegetable garden where each class will have their own plot to work on while Whitfield State School will use the funding to improve biodiversity through the planting of a rainforest plot.

"Other worthy recipients include Freshwater Primary School and Trinity Anglican School."

The Reef Guardian Schools Ripples of Change grants consist of 20 x $500 grants which provide an opportunity for Reef Guardian Schools to undertake small environmental projects within their schools.

Schools nominate a project that they would like to initiate and present a project plan to the GBRMPA. The selected schools are presented with their project funds early in the school year to allow them to complete their projects within the school year cycle.

Reef Guardian Schools is an environmental education program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Name: GBRMPA Media
Contact: (07) 4750 0846