New schools pledge support for the Great Barrier Reef
Gooburrum State School in Bundaberg is one of fourteen new schools to show their support for the Great Barrier Reef by signing up for the Reef Guardian Schools program.
They join over 113,500 students from 285 schools across Queensland engaged through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's (GBRMPA) environmental stewardship and education program.
GBRMPA Reef Guardians Director Karen Vohland congratulated the school on joining the program that sees students become stewards for the Reef.
"The key objective of the Reef Guardian Schools program is to create awareness, understanding and appreciation for the Reef and connected ecosystems," Ms Vohland said.
"Through the program, schools have undertaken energy audits, created worm farms, grown their own fruit and vegetables and taken part in local litter clean ups.
"The program also encourages schools to create partnerships with local environmental groups and get involved in government environment initiatives aimed at protecting the Reef.
"It is hoped that students involved in the program are engendered with a sense of environmental stewardship that continues to endure as they mature and become active community members.
"The Reef Guardian Schools program gives teachers access to environmental-themed curriculum material and students are involved in activities both in and outside the classroom to help protect the Reef.
The other 13 schools to join the program are:
- St Lawrence State School, Nebo State School, Northview State School and Hampden State School – Mackay Swayneville State School and Sarina State High School – Sarina
- Pimlico State High School – Townsville
- Ayr State High School – Ayr
- Tully State School, Mount Molloy State School, Trinity Anglican School (Kewarra Beach Junior School), Trinity Anglican School (White Rock Senior School) – Cairns and Far Northern region
- Tannum Sands State School – Gladstone region.
Name: GBRMPA media
Contact: 07 4750 0846
If you're heading out on the water, don't forget your free Zoning Map so you know where you can go and what you can do.
The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. If you're lucky enough to see a humpback whale from May to September, make sure you keep a safe distance.
We're delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park's World Heritage listing.
Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing plants, animals and habitats. There are a range of tourism experiences on offer.
Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef. Find out what you can do to help protect this Great Australian icon.
If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL
(1300 264 625)
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.
Current Conditions: Environmental and climatic forecasts for the Great Barrier Reef