Torres Strait schools rewarded for helping protect the Great Barrier Reef

Published: 10/03/2014

Two campuses of Tagai State College received a boost in recognition of students making positive environmental changes in their school and for the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) presented Mura Badhulgaw Ngurpay Lag (Badu campus) with an Annual Award of $1000 recognising their actions as Reef Guardian champions.

Erub Eruer Uteb (Darnley campus) also received a $500 Ripples of Change funding grant to improve their edible gardens by adding more worms to the worm farm and buying more seeds and chickens.

GBRMPA Reef Guardian schools acting program manager Carolyn Luder said it was great to support schools that are taking care of the environment.

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

Dave Barrett, teacher on Badu, said winning the Action and Adventures annual Award for their school horticulture project was very exciting for the students and staff at Badu. 

“The children see the award as recognition for their dedication to their project and it reinforced for the staff the value of such learning experiences,” he said.

“This award reaffirms our commitment to learning, sustainability and the environment.”

Badu student leaders Walter Nona and Elder Mareko were excited to deliver the acceptance speech for the Award where they talked about the challenges of growing a garden.

“The garden has taught us many things such as teamwork, leadership and planning, but mostly it has shown us that by growing some of our own fruit and vegetables, less cargo has to come by sea to Badu,” they said.

“In time we hope our idea spreads out even further into the community and other islands within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park 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.


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