Environmental educators receive $100k funding boost - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

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Hundreds more school students will soon be visiting the Port of Brisbane following a $100,000 funding boost for its bayside-based education partners.

Eco-educational organisations, Tangalooma EcoMarines and the Moreton Bay Environment Education Centre (MBEEC), have each received $50,000 to support their port education tour programs.

MBEEC Principal, Dianne Ayleward, said the organisation looked forward to supporting increased numbers of students engaging in port tours, bird watching at the purpose-built Shorebird Roost, and engaging with the passionate and dedicated Environmental Managers.

“The MBEEC team and our visiting schools want to shout out to the Port of Brisbane and acknowledge their integral part in making our Senior Geography – Port of Brisbane Land Cover Transformations Program – the success it is,” said Dianne.

“MBEEC are fortunate to have authentic support and input by the Port of Brisbane through face-to-face interaction with their Environmental Managers, as well as access to a suite of their monitoring data, to take student learning and engagement to a whole new level.

“The extraordinary Environmental Advisory team at the Port of Brisbane provide invaluable information to our visiting students on impacts and management strategies directly relating to land cover transformations – world-class initiatives supporting learning and engagement at MBEEC.”

Just last month, 150 excited Year 3 students from the Islamic College of Brisbane explored the Port’s dedicated shorebird roost at Fisherman Islands, learning firsthand about the local migratory and shorebird population in Moreton Bay. It’s hoped the extra funding will bring even more students to learn about the unique environment and the Port’s environmental management programs in place to protect it.

The Port’s Community Relations Manager, Ed Harwood, said that 24 educational groups from across south-east Queensland brought almost 550 students to visit the Port during 2022/23.

“Our port tour program got off to a great re-start in 2023 and we hope this extra funding will bring even more students out to learn about the Port
and its very special natural environment in 2024,” he said.

The Port also runs tours for the general public, community and industry groups.

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