Capricorn Coast students are reef champions

The Capricorn Coast’s future environmental leaders will participate in a day of educational activities at Yeppoon 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 planting trees, learning about zoning, making marine debris art, and learning about biodiversity at their local areas.

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 Capricorn Coast 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 will be 70 students and 13 teachers from nine Capricorn Coast schools and one Central Highlands school participating in the challenge.

This event is supported by Fitzroy Basin Association through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Partners of the event include the Fitzroy Basin Association, Livingstone Shire Council, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Recycled Repurposed Remade, Lammermoor Native Gardens, Friends of Lammermoor Native Gardens, Capricornia Catchments and the Capricorn Coast Local Marine Advisory Committee.

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, over 120,000 students and 7400 teachers from Brisbane to the Torres Strait.

For more information about the Reef Guardian Schools program visit