Ripples of environmental change for Burdekin schools

Published: 03/03/2014

Students at Home Hill State School and St Francis Primary School in Ayr 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 each school with a $500 Ripples of Change funding grant for projects that raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the Reef and its connected ecosystems.

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. 

“Both of the schools are looking at addressing the threat of rubbish ending up on the Reef through educating the school community on how to properly dispose of rubbish,” she said.

“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.”

Home Hill State School will be using the grant to implement a stormwater drain stencilling program to raise community awareness around littering and keeping the drains free of rubbish.

St Francis Primary School student Eco Warriors will develop a mosaic artwork to remind students to be eco-friendly by reducing plastic litter and making sure rubbish is disposed of properly.

Each year 20 Reef Guardian Schools receive a Ripples of Change grant to support expanding existing sustainability projects or implementing 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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