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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

17 November 2006

Queensland students work to protect Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today acknowledged the outstanding contributions of the 163 schools involved in the Reef Guardian Schools Programme and announced the winners of this year’s awards.

The Reef Guardian Schools programme is an education initiative of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority that develops partnerships between students and their communities to work towards protecting their environment and the Great Barrier Reef.

The awards are designed to acknowledge the outstanding efforts and achievements of schools, in a variety of environmental categories. This year thirty-two schools have been recognised for their outstanding commitment to Reef Guardianship and will share in $20 000 in prizes.

“I congratulate the winners of these awards and would like to thank all participants in the programme for their outstanding work and their continued commitment to protecting our Great Barrier Reef,” Senator Campbell said.

“I am delighted that this year there has been a record number of award submissions including many from schools which have been involved in the programme since its inception.

“The schools have been undertaking projects in a range of areas including working with the community to achieve shared environmental outcomes, revegetating wetlands, looking after coastal areas, mentoring other schools and recycling within the school community,” Senator Campbell said.

A complete list of winners and awards is attached, which includes:

“Because of the success of the programme this year’s awards have been expanded. The ‘Ripples of Change Support Funding’ initiative will help to initiate identified ‘on ground’ projects as part of their Reef Guardian School activities in 2007,” Senator Campbell said.

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