Ripples of environmental change for Merinda State School

Published: 08/04/2014

Merinda State School near Bowen 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 the school with a $500 Ripples of Change funding grant, as part of the agency’s annual Reef Guardian School awards.

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

“Merinda State School will use the funding to develop a vegetable garden and create a worm farm to help nourish the vegetables,” 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.”

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 received Ripples of Change grants for projects including building sensory gardens, composting, reducing water use, and drain stencilling to educate about litter and stormwater.

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.

Merinda State School students Yadi Dodd, Gabe Eaton and Sean Ryan, and teacher Helena Tully proudly accept the Ripples of Change grant. They will use the $500 funding from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to develop a vegetable garden and create a worm farm to nourish the vegetables. 

Above: Merinda State School students Yadi Dodd, Gabe Eaton and Sean Ryan, and teacher Helena Tully proudly accept the Ripples of Change grant.


Name: GBRMPA Media
Contact: (07) 4750 0846