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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

James Bidgood MP
Member for Dawson

Burdekin Christian College awarded for Great Barrier Reef commitment

Media release
17 November 2009

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Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Member for Dawson James Bidgood today congratulated Burdekin Christian College on being awarded the Community Connection Award for their involvement in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Reef Guardian Schools Program.

Burdekin Christian College is one of ten Queensland schools that will receive $1000 for future on-ground school activities in recognition of their work in encouraging whole of community behaviour change to protect and improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

“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 Bidgood said the College had been integral in working with other local schools, environmental agencies and natural resource management groups.

“We’ve seen some great work by Burdekin Christian College to encourage whole school and community involvement through dance, theatre, art and drama and this award is great recognition of their very good work.

“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.

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