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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
24 November 2004
Mount Larcom State School near Gladstone has taken out the $5000 top prize for outstanding excellence in this year's Reef Guardian Schools Programme.
More than 40 of the 129 Reef Guardian Schools in Queensland submitted nominations for the end of school year awards designed to recognise schools that have achieved outstanding results in the programme.
The Minister for Environment, Senator Ian Campbell, said Mount Larcom State School had involved the entire school from preschool to Year 10 in projects.
"The school's projects are amazing and students have really made a difference in their community to help protect their local waterways and the Great Barrier Reef," he said.
The school developed projects to help protect the Reef from the effects that individuals, industries and communities can cause.
These included a calico bag initiative, school clean up days, energy police days, planting rainforest gardens and native plants, composting, recycling, drain stenciling, monitoring water quality in local waterways and a stormwater conservation programme.
"Through their Reef Guardian projects, the school has formed links within their community and are taking great steps to get all industries, businesses and individuals involved in activities to protect the Great Barrier Reef," Senator Campbell said.
Five other schools have won $2500 Excellence in Reef Guardianship awards.
They are: Bli Bli State School on the Sunshine Coast, Boyne Island State School, Gladstone, Hermit Park and Belgian Gardens State Schools in Townsville and Alexandra Bay State School at Mossman.
"I congratulate all of these schools for their outstanding work and for being recognized this way, and all participating schools for their ideas and energy in helping to protect this remarkable natural asset," Senator Campbell said.
"This is only the second year the guardianship program has been running, but there is clear evidence that it has captured the imagination of teachers and pupils right along the coast. I am sure it will bring more benefits in the years ahead."