Bowen future leaders band together for the health of Great Barrier Reef

Published: 31/07/2013

Students from Reef Guardian Schools across Bowen and Collinsville are working together to help ensure the health of the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Over 65 students from six local schools are taking part in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's 2013 Future Leaders Eco Challenge where students participate in environmental activities to learn new skills to help them look after their local ecosystems.

GBRMPA Reef Guardian Schools Program Manager, Megan Sperring, said students will learn how to think globally but act locally when it comes to protecting the health and resilience of the Reef.

“This year’s theme, ‘The Amazing Great Barrier Reef – Let’s Keep it Great’, will remind students how lucky we are to have a world heritage-listed icon right on our doorstep here in Queensland.

“On-ground sustainability projects in schools and in the community can help the Reef in a positive way and with the support of local environmental partners we are demonstrating that a practical, locally-based approach can make a real difference,” Ms Sperring said.

Students will gather at Horseshoe Bay in Bowen to participate in a range of activities on topics of marine turtle conservation, Traditional Owner connections to sea country and uses of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.  

Bowen–Burdekin Local Marine Advisory Committee Chair Ivan Garrod said “I fully support the education day at Horseshoe Bay where our young future leaders will learn about the sea turtle and its importance to the Traditional Custodians, the Juru people, and how they are working with other partners to learn more about improving turtle health”.

“Sea turtles need a healthy reef to survive and the education day plays an important role in providing knowledge and hands-on experience to our future Reef Guardians to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef,” said Mr Garrod.  

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

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