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Reef Guardian Schools Grant Recipients


North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) announced the winners of ten $1000 grants to Reef Guardian Schools in local port communities to implement initiatives that support a healthy Great Barrier Reef. Beaconsfield State School have plans to put the money to great use, in supporting their Curriculum Connections Program. Curriculum Connections Coordinator Jocelyn Cornell explained, "The money is to go towards our new range of Turtle Safe Bags.  Our 'Awesome Eco Bag' business promotes reusable shopping bags to reduce the amount of plastic bags entering our environment, as they are hazardous to marine life in particular marine turtles who ingest them believing them to be jellyfish, one of their favourite foods. Our new range will be a larger bag designed for general shopping, but can also be used for groceries.  They will be made from natural jute and will be compostable".
 Each year Beaconsfield students promote and sell the bags, to raise money for supporting a range of environmental sustainable projects, as well as making a funding donation to the turtle hospital at Reef HQ in Townsville, that focuses on helping sick and injured turtles.

Beaconsfield State School would like to thank North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation for their generous donation that will help our students continue their great work with  environmental education.