Townsville South State School receives Reef Guardian Award

Published: 28/11/2011

Townsville South State School is one of ten Reef Guardian Schools throughout the state that are being rewarded for their commitment to 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 next week, 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 "Action and Adventures Award" for their commitment to making their school a healthy habitat.

"All classes are committed to waste recycling and contributing to the planting and upkeep of their school vegetable garden," Mr Walker said.

"They also strategically trained their 2010 Year 6 students so they will be prepared to take an active lead as future leaders of the school and continue the responsible environmental practices they have put into place over the course of their involvement with the Reef Guardian program."

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'.


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