16 Apr 2018

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) is helping local students grow their knowledge and love for the environment with a number of grants on offer.

NQBP Acting CEO Rochelle Macdonald said there were ten EcoPorts grants available, each worth $1000, for projects that support or contribute to developing a sustainable environment.

“The annual EcoPorts grants program increases student involvement in sustainability projects and aims to deliver long term benefits for our community,” Dr Macdonald said.

"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.

“For example, last year, Beaconsfield State School used an EcoPorts grant to plant a kitchen garden,” Dr Macdonald said.

Teacher Anna Berrigan said it had been a hugely 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,” Ms Berrigan 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.”

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

To find out more or to apply for an EcoPorts grant, eligible schools can email communications@nqbp.com.au.

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North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation contact:
Kirsty Mugridge | Media and Community Engagement Advisor
07 4969 0772 | kmugridge@nqbp.com.au