Townsville secondary students band together for Reef health

Published: 28/08/2013

Secondary school students from Reef Guardian Schools in the Townsville area are working together to help ensure the health of the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Local secondary schools are taking part in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's 2013 Future Leaders Eco Challenge with students participating in environmental activities to learn new skills to help them look after their local environment.

GBRMPA Reef Guardian Schools program manager, Megan Sperring, said students will learn how to think global but act local when it comes to protecting the health and resilience of local ecosystems.

“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 from across Townsville will gather at St Margaret Marys in Hyde Park to participate in a range of activities including holding a youth council meeting to discuss local environmental issues and waste, litter and pollution based workshops.

Townsville City Council Deputy Mayor Vern Veitch said that Townsville City Council was the first council to join the Reef Guardian Program and was proud to be involved with Reef Guardian Schools.

“The Future Leaders Eco Challenge provides the opportunity for our young citizens to promote ideas that can improve the management of our local environment and impact positively on the health of the Reef.

“We know that we have to improve the management of our environment to ensure the longevity of the reef ecosystem.

“Our younger generation are much better educated on the need for environmental management than my generation was and they have many ideas that our society need to take on board and learn from. Our future will be in their hands,” Cr Vern Veitch said.

Supporting this program are local partners St Margaret Marys College and Townsville City Council.

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

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