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17 November 2009
Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Member for Flynn Chris Trevor today congratulated Clinton State School on being awarded the Community Connection Award for their involvement in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Reef Guardian Schools Program.
Clinton State School is one of ten Queensland schools that will receive $1000 for future on-ground school activities in recognition of their work in a range of school projects.
“Through the GBRMPA Reef Guardian Schools Program Queensland schools are working to protect the Great Barrier Reef and improve its outlook and these awards acknowledge the hard work schools have undertaken over the last 12 months,” Mr Garrett said.
“Our Great Barrier Reef is a national treasure and it is fantastic to recognise future generations who are working towards protecting this great Australian icon,” he said.
“With the Reef at a crossroads it is has never been more important than now to focus on activities that keep the Reef strong.”
Mr Trevor said through their green team motto “we’re keen to be green” a group of special needs students at Clinton State School had been working on a range of projects around the school with an important education focus.
“From a sensory garden to water tanks, bird baths and clean up events we’ve seen some great work by Clinton State School students to ‘green-up’ the school grounds for the benefit of the school community and the local environment.
“The Reef Guardian Schools Program leads the way in focusing young Australians on what they can do to protect the Reef and I am delighted that one of my local schools has been recongised in this way.”
Throughout the year Reef Guardian Schools have initiated and delivered a number of innovative activities and programs all focused on protecting the Great Barrier Reef.
“I congratulate all schools involved in the Reef Guardian Program for their outstanding commitment to the Reef,” Mr Garrett said.
“It is a pleasure to be able to recognise students, teachers and the local communities making a difference to the future of the Reef.”
The Reef Guardian Schools Program is an education initiative of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. In its seventh year, this education program sees more than 60 000 students across 194 Queensland schools committed to the protection and conservation of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.