EcoMarines Clean Up at Annual Awards Celebration

Mon, 13 Nov 2017

By Tangalooma Island Resort

EcoMarines ‘Clean Up’ at Annual Awards Celebration

If you’ve ever wanted to see the future environmental leaders in action you’ve come to the right place, because the Tangalooma EcoMarines from across Southeast Queensland are taking gigantic leaps into saving the marine and wildlife in Moreton Bay!

A few weeks back, these passionate environmental ambassadors gathered at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate their year-long efforts in their schools and wider communities, and share their grand plans for developing a healthy environment for local marine and wildlife through collaborative action!

Across the annual event dubbed ‘The Wave’ (signifying ‘The Wave’ of environmental change), students from Ithaca Creek State School shared their work in kick-starting a waste free Wednesday at their school, while students of Payne Road State School shared their efforts in hosting an environmental workshop for all students of their school! Bulimba State School even managed to introduce the ‘Turn to Tap’ bag tag challenge, designing their own water wise school bag tags to promote the use of reusable water bottles in the schoolyard.

Special guests of 'The Wave' included prime-time presenter Bill McDonald from 7 News Brisbane.

And the feel-good stories kept on rolling throughout the morning, as the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef Honourable Dr Steven Miles took to the stage to announce a further $33,900 contribution on behalf of the Labor Palaszczuk Government to facilitate further expansion to the already thriving program.

Penny Limbach of Tangalooma EcoMarines said the grant would provide much needed support and resources to continue tackling plastics and litter in Moreton Bay, and looked forward to being part of the solution.

“More and more people these days understand the problems of plastic and the way it can cause harm to our local environment and it’s wildlife” Ms Limbach said.

“This funding will enable us to tackle plastic pollution and help reduce the amount of litter on our beaches for the benefit of everyone. Environmental education is key, because once people start to learn and understand, they start to care, and once people care, they start to change their behaviours. Together we are the wave of change.”

 “These kids are the wave of change – a new generation ready, willing and able to take action at the local level to stop runoff and other land based pollution from affecting water quality and ultimately, the entire marine environment. That’s what ‘The Wave’ is all about, celebrating these student’s achievements over the past year and sharing these moments with the world!”

Catch up on all of the action from ‘The Wave’ below.

Tangalooma Island Resort congratulations all students, parents, teachers and corporate partners on yet another incredibly successful year working towards inspiring a community of environmental heroes. 

Participating Primary Schools
Ascot SS Islamic College of Brisbane Saint Stephen’s College
Banksia Beach SS Indooroopilly SS Shorncliffe SS (new)
Bounty Boulevard SS Ithaca Creek SS Southern Cross Catholic College
Bulimba SS Lota SS St Paul's Anglican School
Clayfield College Morningside SS (new) St Rita’s Catholic Primary School
Dunwich SS Mount Crosby SS Tallebudgera SS
Everton Park SS Oakleigh SS Wamuran SS
Grace Lutheran College Park Lake SS Wilston SS
Hilder Road SS Payne Road SS Wondall Heights SS
  Raceview SS Wynnum West SS
Participating High Schools
Brisbane Bayside State College Whites Hill State College Wynnum State High School


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