THE annual EcoPorts grants program, run by North Queensland Bulk Ports, is now inviting schools in port communities to apply.

Applicants will vie for one of ten grants, each worth $1000, for projects that support or contribute to developing a sustainable environment.

“NQBP is proud to support grassroots projects that engage young people in our port communities to help create awareness, understanding and appreciation for the environment,” NQBP chief executive Nicolas Fertin 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.”

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One of last year’s grant recipients, Alligator Creek State School, has used the funds to establish a recycling collection facility for disused containers.

School deputy principal Sonya Wilkins said the cans and plastic bottles collected in the recycling bin went towards the school’s “cash for cans” account.

“The collection bin is well supported by our community,” Ms Wilkins said.

“The money raised goes towards our Student Association where members hold regular meetings with our year-six teachers to help organise some school activities and decide upon resource purchases for the school.”

To be eligible to apply, schools must be in one of NQBP’s port communities of Hay Point, Mackay, Bowen or Weipa.

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