Cassowary Coast students up for Reef challenge

Published: 18/09/2013

<p>Students from Reef Guardian Schools in the Cassowary Coast region are working together to help ensure the health of the iconic Great Barrier Reef.<br /></p> <p>Fifty-eight students from eleven local schools, including Mirriwinni, Mourilyan, South Johnstone, Mission Beach, El Arish, Tully, Feluga, Murray River Upper, Kennedy and Lower Tully Primary Schools as well as St Claire’s Parish School, Tully, are taking part in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority&#39;s 2013 Future Leaders Eco Challenge.</p> <p>Students will be participating in environmental activities to learn new skills to help them look after their local ecosystems.<br /></p> <p>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.<br /></p> <p>“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.<br /></p> <p>“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.<br /></p> <p>Students will gather at Taifalos Park in Kurrimine Beach and will be asked to imagine themselves as Reef Rangers in training in preparation for their first Reef Patrol. The day’s activities will include understanding the threat marine debris has to marine life followed by a beach clean-up with the help of Tangaroa Blue; a quiz on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park zoning; and a low tide safari with marine biologists from GBRMPA where the students will catalogue the biodiversity of the intertidal zone of Kurrimine Beach.<br /></p> <p>Cassowary Coast Local Marine Advisory Committee chairman, Mayor Cr Bill Shannon, said the Future Leaders Eco Challenge was a great opportunity for students to increase their understanding of why the reef is so amazing and how important it is that we all look after it.<br /></p> <p>“Living in the Cassowary Coast region means that students have a strong connection to the Reef and the day provides lots of inspiration for students to continue with their excellent work as Reef Guardians,” said Cr Shannon.<br /></p> <p>Reef Guardian Schools is an environmental education program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. &nbsp;<br /> <br /></p>

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