Townsville school commits to on-ground action to protect the Reef

Published: 10/07/2015

Students and teachers from Marian Catholic School in Townsville are kicking off the year with an environmental focus by becoming official Reef Guardians.

The school is the latest in Queensland to sign up to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) environmental stewardship program that encourages students to protect the marine environment.

GBRMPA Reef Guardian Schools manager Megan Sperring said the students and teachers were undertaking a range of on-ground environmental activities.

“We’re excited to welcome Marian Catholic School to our program and look forward to working with them on some great environmental projects in the future,” she said.

“Marian Catholic School is helping to protect the Reef’s health and resilience through tree planting, mulching garden beds, school litter clean ups, using solar panels, recycling waste and worm farming.

“Reef Guardian students participate in fun environmental activities at school and learn about improving the biodiversity on school grounds. The program offers access to Reef related curriculum materials, participation in annual Future Leaders Eco Challenge events and the option to nominate for annual awards and grants.

“These students are demonstrating their passion for the Reef through the positive actions they are taking at school, at home and in their wider community.”

GBRMPA’s Reef Guardian Schools program includes 310 schools and more than 127,420 students from across Queensland taking part in Reef education and environmental activities in their local area.

It’s part of a broader Reef Guardian program that also includes councils, fishing operators, farmers and graziers from across the Queensland, all taking practical steps to ensure the Reef’s long-term future.

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