Wednesday 21st Nov, 2018

EcoPorts grants boost environmental projects in local Queensland schools

Gumlu State School Year 3 student Riley Chapman explains to NQBP Media and Community Engagement Advisor Kirsty Mugridge how they will implement digital technology into their new garden. Credit NQBP
Gumlu State School Year 3 student Riley Chapman explains to NQBP Media and Community Engagement Advisor Kirsty Mugridge how they will implement digital technology into their new garden. Credit NQBP

TEN school projects have received grants of $1000 each through North Queensland Bulk Ports’ annual EcoPorts grants program.

The program this year received applications from schools across NQBP’s port communities in Hay Point, Mackay, Bowen and Weipa.

NQBP Acting CEO Rochelle Macdonald said the EcoPorts grants helped teach local students about sustainability and environmental principles.

“Applications this year ranged from recycling initiatives, gardening projects and studies to help reduce water wastage,” she said.

“The NQBP EcoPorts grants create awareness, understanding and appreciation for the environment.”

One successful initiative at Gumlu State School will see the students design and monitor a garden using digital technology to inform when to water crops to help reduce water wastage.

Principal Thomas Harrington said they planned to film each step of the project to share what they learn online.

“The students are excited to see how digital technology could help them and their families save money and water,” he said.

“We want other schools to be able to learn from what we are doing.”

Ms Macdonald said it was encouraging to see schools applying to continue with projects they had previously used an EcoPorts grant towards.

“At Mackay Christian College, students will expand on their ‘Precious Plastics’ project to build a compressor for their production line. This project benefitted from an EcoPorts grant last year too,” she said.

Ms Macdonald congratulated all the successful recipients of the 2018 round of EcoPorts grants.

“NQBP takes pride in growing the knowledge and understanding of young people in our port communities through our EcoPorts grants program,” she said.



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