Cairns centres rewarded for helping protect the Great Barrier Reef

Published: 03/03/2014

Goodstart Early Learning Centre Trinity Beach and Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre have scooped prizes to help undertake environmental projects that help protect the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) presented each centre with a $500 Ripples of Change funding grant for projects that raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the Reef and its connected ecosystems.

Goodstart Early Learning Centre Trinity Beach is using the grant to create an edible garden for students.

Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre will run a program to encourage students to be innovative problem solvers and work to create a sustainable future.

GBRMPA Reef Guardian schools acting program manager Carolyn Luder said the Ripples of Change grants helped the schools kick start projects that address threats to the Reef.

“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.

Goodstart Early Learning Centre Trinity Beach Director Vicki Tier said they were excited to receive the Ripples of Change grant.

“Receiving the Ripples of Change grant helps us to enrich our environment and learning experiences for the children and families of Goodstart Trinity Beach,” Mrs Tier said.

“Our garden is being transformed from an open space to one of natural beauty that will further educate students and their families about sustainable practices that can improve our immediate environment and the Reef.”

Each year 20 Reef Guardian Schools receive a Ripples of Change grant to help support them to expand existing sustainability projects or implement new Reef Guardian projects within the school or community.

This year, Reef Guardian Schools across the catchment are receiving Ripples of Change grants for projects including building sensory gardens, composting, reducing water use, and developing frog ponds.

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.

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