Students involved in actions to protect reef
MORE than 55 students and teachers from five Reef Guardian Schools in the Whitsundays swapped the classroom for the outdoors to further their learning about actions that can protect the Great Barrier Reef last Thursday.
The schools included Cannonvale State School, St Catherine’s Catholic School, Whitsunday Christian School, Hamilton Island State School and Hayman Island State School.
The day-long activities were part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) annual Future Leaders Eco Challenges that raise awareness about how activities on the land can affect the marine environment.
The day was well supported by a range of local environmental groups.
GBRMPA Liaison Officer Katie Finch said the day was about working with community partners and school communities to look after today for tomorrow’s future.
“It was fantastic, all the children were excited to be in the outdoors and learning with experts in the field,” he said.
The day included talks from fisheries biologist Tim Marsden and Cane Growers Proserpine and pest management representative Christine Peterson.
Students planted trees in Galbraith Creek, took place in a reef regrowth monitoring activity, toured Goorganga wetlands and visited a working cane farm to look at sustainable farming techniques.
Guardian Schools has been running since 2003 and is an environmental education program run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to help raise awareness and understanding about the Reef.
REEF TALK: Local fishing expert Tim Marsden talked to students about pest fish tilapia and stopping the spread.