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Central Coast school kids Take 3 for the sea

SCHOOL kids across the Central Coast are set to become champions of the sea thanks to a new federally-funded education program that will kick off on 4 April.

The Take 3 Green Sea Turtle Project aims to educate and inspire student leaders to become ocean advocates by teaching them about beach litter, threats to marine life and actions we can take to protect their environment.

Greater Sydney Local Land Services team leader David Green said the project is set to roll out across 25 schools from Wyong and Gosford with 20 of them receiving $1,000 to establish waste reduction strategies.

“This is the first student-driven project of its kind for the Central Coast. The students will use their new found knowledge to create an education campaign on the impacts of marine debris which is obviously a major local issue for us,” he said.

Co-founder of Take 3 Amanda Marechal said the student-led program also incorporate a unique Aboriginal perspective.

“The interconnection between the land, sea and aboriginal culture is an important component to this project,” she said

Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks said funding has been delivered from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

“This is an outstanding initiative that inspires our young people on the Central Coast, but also helps to protect our local environment,” Mrs Wicks said.

“It’s great to see the first students in action from fantastic local schools in places like Copacabana, Kincumber, Niagara Park, Springfield and Terrigal.”

The day-long workshop on 4 April will culminate in a trip to the beach to collect three pieces of rubbish to use for a special art piece promoting the project. This will be followed by a week of similar events in Toowoon, Umina and Soldiers Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs.

The initiative is funded through the National Landcare Programme and made possible with the support of Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre, NSW Department of Education- Aboriginal Education & Wellbeing, Taronga Education, University of Newcastle (Ourimbah Campus), Australian Sea Bird Rescue (Ballina) and Central Coast surf clubs at Umina, Terrigal, Toowoon and Soldiers Beach.

Media contact:

Greater Sydney Local Land Services – Nikki McGrath (02) 4724 2138 or 0448 953 755
Lucy Wicks MP – Tim Sowden (02) 4322 2400 or 0422 993 373