Bundaberg students are reef champions

Bundaberg’s future environmental leaders will participate in a day of educational activities at Moore Park tomorrow to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.

The activities are part of the annual Future Leaders Eco Challenge, which is run as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) Reef Guardian Schools program.

The theme for this year’s event is community stewardship in action. Students will be fish tagging, going on a wetlands walk, learning how they can reduce waste at school and completing an activity to reduce impacts of artificial light on turtle hatchlings.

GBRMPA liaison officer Holly Lambert said the event aimed to encourage students to learn about and care for their local environment, in turn contributing to the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

“The Bundaberg region has a strong connection to the neighbouring Great Barrier Reef and the local teachers and students have an important role to play in its future,” Ms Lambert said.

“The event aims to empower them, give them a sense of involvement in the bigger environmental picture, and encourage them to make a positive difference.

“Environmental projects in Reef Guardian schools contribute to broader actions that are helping protect the Reef — all actions, big or small, are vital to the Reef.”

There are 61 students and 12 teachers from 11 Bundaberg schools participating in the challenge.

This activity is supported by the Burnett Mary Regional Group’s Taking the Lead on Litter! project which is funded by the Queensland Government's Litter and Illegal Dumping Community and Industry Partnerships program.

Future Leaders Eco Challenges will take place in Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Port Douglas, Innisfail, the Whitsundays, Burdekin, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Capricorn Coast, Mackay, Ingham and Bowen.

GBRMPA’s Reef Guardian Schools program includes 276 schools, more than 120,000 students and 7400 teachers from Brisbane to the Torres Strait.

For more information about the Reef Guardian Schools program visit www.gbrmpa.gov.au.