NORTH Queensland Bulk Ports’ EcoPorts grants are now available for projects in schools that support or contribute to developing a sustainable environment.
Each of the 10 grants is worth $1000 and schools in NQBP’s port communities in Hay Point, Mackay, Bowen and Weipa are eligible.
NQBP acting CEO Rochelle Macdonald said the annual grants program increases student involvement in sustainability projects and aims to deliver long-term benefits to the community.
“NQBP is proud to support grassroots projects that engage young people in our port communities and create awareness, understanding and appreciation for the environment,” she said.
“Each year we look forward to seeing what kind of projects local students are wanting to undertake to help make their community a better place to live.
Last year Beaconsfield State School used one of the grants to plant a kitchen garden.
Teacher Anna Berrigan said the garden was a successful project for the school.
“We have completed a garden as well as our collection of garden beds, sunflower patch, corn plants and herb gardens,” she said.
“We have students come for two lunch breaks a week to work in the garden. This is an ongoing project so we will definitely consider applying again.”