Bundaberg students help to keep the Great Barrier Reef healthy

Published: 08/08/2013

Students from Reef Guardian Schools in the Bundaberg area are working together to help ensure the health of the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Ten local schools are taking part in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's 2013 Future Leaders Eco Challenge with students participating in environmental activities and learning 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 serve to 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 tour the local Reef catchment starting at Presslers Cane Farm to learn about sustainable cane farming and water management. The students continue onto the Baldwin Swamp Wetlands to see
first-hand how wetlands help keep local waterways healthy. Finally they will travel to Mon Repos where they will work with local Queensland Parks and Wildlife rangers to better understand how marine species and ecosystems are impacted by human activities across the whole catchment.

Sue Sargent, Conservation Partnerships Manager with the Burnett Mary Regional Group said that as members of the Burnett Local Marine Advisory Committee, they were delighted to assist with the Future Leaders Eco Challenge in Bundaberg.

“We know education and awareness are essential if we are to secure the future of our region’s natural resources which include the Great Barrier Reef.  Previous Future Leaders Eco Challenge events that we have participated in have left us in awe of the region’s youth.  

“We are almost certainly going to be handing over the reins to a better informed, better equipped, but also highly motivated generation that is already working to protect their local environment,” said Ms Sargent.

Supporting this program are local partners Kalkie State School, Bundaberg Canegrowers, Hill End cane farm, OceanWatch, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Burnett Mary Regional Group, Gidarjil Rangers, and the Burnett Local Marine Advisory Committee.

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



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