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School watches over GKI coral reefs and wins eco award

REEF RESCUERS: Students Kira-Lee Gibsomn and Hayley Mulligan accept the award from Janet Barrett.
REEF RESCUERS: Students Kira-Lee Gibsomn and Hayley Mulligan accept the award from Janet Barrett. Contributed

SCUBA diving and snorkelling along the beautiful Great Barrier Reef sounds like a great holiday to most people.

But for Rockhampton Grammar School students it was a chance to help protect the environment.

The school recently received the Habitat Heroes Award and a $1000 prize as part of the Reef Guardian Schools Awards.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Reef Guardian schools acting program manager Carolyn Luder said the school received the award for outstanding improvement in their local environment.

"The awards recognise our Reef Guardian School students are committed to helping protect the environment and the Great Barrier Reef and provide a boost to help them continue their great work into the future," she said.

The school has implemented a coral monitoring program studying coral reefs at Great Keppel Island. Teacher Lachlan Roediger said they were very excited to have won the award.

Topics:  great barrier reef rockhampton grammar school



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