Students showcase Reef protection activities

Published: 17/05/2012

The good work local schools are undertaking to help protect the Great Barrier Reef will be showcased when students meet up today.

The Reef Guardian High Schools Student Environmental Council Meeting will involve students from six schools that are part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Reef Guardian Schools program.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Reef Guardian Schools Acting Program Manager Carolyn Luder said the aim was to encourage students to take the lead in local environmental protection.

"This is a great opportunity for students to share their environmental projects with students from other schools and local community organisations that also undertake environmental activities.

"The council meeting is run by students for students and will give local partners an insight into environmental projects occurring at schools in their region."

Students from Saint Patrick's College will host the meeting and also take the visiting students, teachers and partners on a tour of their school's Reef Guardian projects.

"The tour will inspire students to undertake projects they may be able to implement at their school," Ms Luder said.  

The meeting will be attended by local partners including the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Oceanwatch, NQ Dry Tropics, Birdlife Townsville, Conservation Volunteers Australia, James Cook University and Townsville City Council.

"Partners will promote their environmental projects, resources and other opportunities to increase the partnerships that schools have with local organisations," Ms Luder said.

The Reef Guardian Schools program is an environmental education program run by GBRMPA.

The key objective of the Reef Guardian Schools program is to create awareness, understanding and appreciation for the Reef and connected ecosystems.

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