Ripples of Change grant Belgian Gardens State School

Published: 06/02/2012

Students at Belgian Gardens State 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 expand on their environmental work.

"Belgian Gardens State School has been heavily involved in the Reef Guardian Schools program since its inception," she said.

"This funding will be used to extend their environmental activities and educate students about the diversity of marine species in the Great Barrier Reef.

"The students will run breeding programs for clownfish and seahorses which can be sold instead of taking specimens from the wild."

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

Reef Guardian Schools is an environmental education program of the GBRMPA.

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

Other Ripples of Change grant winners include: Paluma Environmental Education Centre, Babinda State School, Hampden State School, Tannum Sands State High School, Gympie State High School, Coowonga State School, Maidavale State School, Cooktown State School, Victoria Plantation State School, Kelso State School, Gympie East State School, Mansfield State High School, Cawarral State School, The Willows State School, Kirwan State School, St Marys Catholic College Maryborough, Redlynch State College, Gargett State School and Collinsville State High School.

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