Applications are open for Queensland schools to join the Great Barrier Reef Education Experience Program as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Economic Recovery Plan.
Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said schools could now apply to receive the reef experience school excursion subsidy.
“This three-year program will turn the Great Barrier Reef into Queensland’s biggest classroom and create new tour opportunities for reef operators from Bundaberg to Cooktown,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“More than 40 registered marine tour operators have already jumped onboard to share their reef knowledge.
“To ensure schools across the State can be part of the program, the Palaszczuk Government will pay up to $150 for each student joining an overnight reef education excursion and $40 for an eligible day excursion.”
Mr Hinchliffe said the program would deliver a unique outdoor learning opportunity for more than 6000 students.
“Not only will the Reef Education Experience boost the next generation’s understanding of Queensland’s greatest living asset, this also supports local jobs and the tourism industry’s economic recovery,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“The Great Barrier Reef program joins the popular Outback Queensland Education Experience Program in offering Queensland students the chance to immerse themselves in our State’s amazing natural history.”
Queensland-based The Busy Group administers the Education Experience Programs.