Charters Towers students working together for health of the Reef

Published: 20/08/2013

While the Great Barrier Reef may be hundreds of kilometres from Charters Towers, students in the region are working together to do their bit to look after this amazing icon.

Schools from around the area are taking part in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's 2013 Future Leaders Eco Challenge with students participating in a range of environmental activities to learn new skills to help them look after their local ecosystems.

GBRMPA Reef Guardian Schools program manager, Megan Sperring, said the Great Barrier Reef might seem a long way from Charters Towers, but it was important to take care of all interconnected environments that flow into the Reef catchment including creeks and rivers, agricultural lands and urban environments.

“The water from creeks and rivers in the area eventually flows into the waters of the Reef which is why the Eco challenge is helping students understand the importance of keeping the ecosystems healthy.

“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.

Charters Towers region students will learn about biodiversity management, permaculture, best farming practices and will compare green waste recycling practices at the High School’s agricultural farm.

Councillor Frank Beveridge Mayor Charters Towers Regional Council said they were proud to support the Reef Guardians Schools program and the Charters Towers Future Leaders Eco Challenge.

“Education and awareness for the environment are critical to secure the future of our regions natural resources, especially as we make up a large part of the catchment that leads to the Great Barrier Reef.

“As our region’s future leaders, these committed Reef Guardians are learning valuable skills that will help them make informed environmental decisions in the future,” Cr Frank Beveridge said.

Supporting this program are Charters Towers State High School, NQ Dry Tropics, Paluma Environmental Education Centre, Charters Towers Regional Council and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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

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