Funding boost for Collinsville State High School

Published: 22/02/2012

Students at the Collinsville State High School will receive $500 to further enhance their efforts to protect the Great Barrier Reef through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's (GBRMPA) Ripples of Change grants program.

GBRMPA Reef Guardian Director Karen Vohland said the grant would allow students to continue and expand on their environmental work.

"Students and teachers from Collinsville State High School have been actively involved in the Reef Guardian Schools program and they have been recognised for protecting their local environment," she said.

"This funding will be used to buy equipment for rehabilitating native habitat surrounding the school by removing weeds and maintaining native plants.

"Twenty $500 grants are awarded by the GBRMPA each year to assist Reef Guardian Schools to undertake small environmental projects within their schools.

"The schools nominate a project they would like to initiate and present a project plan to the GBRMPA."

The selected schools receive their grants early in the year to allow them time to implement their projects within the school year cycle.

Later today teachers from the school will also meet with staff from other local schools and environmental partners at a Reef Guardian Networking Meeting.

The meeting is one of 15 held across the Great Barrier Reef catchment and is an opportunity for teachers to share resources, knowledge and environmental opportunities in 2012.

The Reef Guardian Schools program aims to create awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Great Barrier Reef and its connected ecosystems.

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