Brisbane schools rewarded for helping protect the Great Barrier Reef

Published: 08/04/2014

Two Brisbane schools received a boost to help their students make positive environmental changes in their community and for the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) presented Mt Gravatt State High School with an annual award of $1000, recognising their innovative actions as Reef Guardian champions.

Cavendish Road State High School also received a $500 Ripples of Change funding grant to support new environmental projects at their school.

GBRMPA Reef Guardian schools acting program manager Carolyn Luder said the funding helped the schools continue Reef Guardian projects such as garden projects and rehabilitating local bushland.

“Reef Guardian School students are future custodians of the Great Barrier Reef and it’s important to encourage them to care for their local environment and promote real change in their communities,” she said.

Mt Gravatt State High School teacher Andrew Walsh said the school was honoured to receive a Water Warriors Annual Award recognising their outstanding achievements in water quality improvement.

“Our school has been actively involved in community-based sustainability projects for over 14 years, helping to make positive changes to the local waterways,” Mr Walsh said.  

“We have worked with local community groups to plant over 100 trees to prevent erosion and other materials being washed into our local creek.

“We are really looking forward to strengthening our commitment to the environment in 2014 and making a real difference to improve the health of our local area.”

More than 300 schools and over 123,000 students take part in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Schools program across Queensland.

Through this environmental education program each school undertakes a variety of activities aimed at improving the Reef’s health and resilience.

Mt Gravatt State High School teacher Andrew Walsh accepts the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Water Warriors annual Award from Acting Reef Guardian Schools Program Manager, Carolyn Luder. The school will be using the $1000 funding to continue implementing Reef Guardian projects including rehabilitating local bushland and cleaning up local waterways. 

Above: Mt Gravatt State High School teacher Andrew Walsh accepts the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Water Warriors annual Award from Acting Reef Guardian Schools Program Manager, Carolyn Luder. The school will be using the $1000 funding to continue implementing Reef Guardian projects including rehabilitating local bushland and cleaning up local waterways.

 

 


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