Kin Kora State School to receive Reef Guardian Award

Published: 21/11/2011

Kin Kora State School is one of ten Reef Guardian Schools throughout the state that will be rewarded for keeping the Great Barrier Reef healthy through environmental initiatives undertaken in the past year.

The school will be presented with a Reef Guardian School Annual Award of $1000 tomorrow, as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Reef Guardian Schools program.

Reef Guardian Acting Director Nathan Walker said the school would receive the "Waste Watchers Award" for implementing a plan to reduce waste by 50 per cent.

"It was great to see the students' success in developing their School Environmental Plan that enabled them to reduce their waste by such a significant amount," Mr Walker said.

"They identified waste management issues within the school and devised new and innovative ways in which to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle.

"The students embraced plastic bag minimisation, promoted the mulching of green waste for use on the school grounds and participated in Nude Food Days – where they avoided packaging for their lunches."

Reef Guardian Schools are located throughout the Great Barrier Reef catchment and each undertakes a variety of activities aimed at improving the Reef's health and resilience.

Through these activities students learn about the connections between the land and the Reef and the role they can play in looking after it.

There are currently 279 schools and over 110,000 students involved in the Reef Guardian Schools program, which is now in its ninth year.

All Reef Guardian Schools manage their own resources (energy, waste, water and biodiversity), and educate their friends, families and communities about the difference we can all make by 'working together today for a healthier Reef tomorrow'.

Name: GBRMPA Media
Contact: (07) 4750 0846