Townsville Reef Guardians network for the environment

Published: 15/02/2012

Reef Guardian teachers in Townsville will meet with local environmental partners tonight to discuss how they can work together to help protect the environment and the Great Barrier Reef.

The Reef Guardian Networking Meeting is one of 15 events taking place in the Great Barrier Reef catchment.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Reef Guardian Schools Acting Program Manager Carolyn Luder said the meetings gave teachers and other partners the chance to gain access to resources, people power and information.

"This annual event provides one-on-one networking opportunities to share resources, knowledge and environmental opportunities in 2012," Ms Luder said.

"The participants will also have the opportunity to explore a newly developed interactive climate change touch screen developed by GBRMPA.

"Housed at the Museum of Tropical North Queensland, the touch screen educates people on climate change, its impacts on the Great Barrier Reef, and what actions they can take to protect the Reef."

Ms Luder said representatives from over 20 schools and local partners including NQ Dry Tropics, Hands On Wildlife, the Queensland Seafood Industry Association, and Townsville City Council will workshop solutions to current environmental issues in the region.

Representatives from the Paluma Environmental Education Centre will also be on hand to accept a $500 grant to further enhance their efforts to protect the Great Barrier Reef through the GBRMPA Ripples of Change grants program.

The grant is one of 20 awarded by the GBRMPA this year to assist Reef Guardian Schools to undertake small environmental projects.

This funding will be used to purchase nature viewers that are used to identify water bugs and will be used by many school students visiting the centre.

Reef Guardian Schools is an environmental education program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Name: GBRMPA media
Contact: 07 4750 0846

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