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Tagai College Campuses Recognised for Reef Stewardship

Student Kanumi Nona at Badu campus shows off some of the food grown in the garden.​
Students and teachers at the Badu and Erub campuses of Tagai State College have done their communities proud after being recognised at the Annual Awards of the Reef Guardian Schools program.
TSRA Chairman, Joseph Elu, says the awards are a great achievement given that more than 300 schools and over 123,000 students take part in the program across Queensland. “We are very proud of the students involved and of the collaboration between the TSRA Land and Sea Management Unit’s Sustainable Horticulture program and Tagai College”, he said.
Badu campus was the winner of the $1,000 Action and Adventures Award. Students designed and built a garden on bare sand that has now yielded more than eight kilograms of corn, seven kilograms of cucumber, and nine kilograms of watermelon.
The students are learning that any food that can be produced at school or at home reduces their carbon footprint through needing less food transported to the Island.
Mr Elu said that the gardens have taught the students many things such as teamwork, leadership and planning, but mostly it has demonstrated that by growing some of their own fruit and vegetables, less cargo has to come by sea to Badu to be purchased by their families.
Erub campus was the winner of the $500 Ripples of Change Award. Students aimed to improve the school’s edible gardens by adding more worms to the worm farm, buying more seeds and adding chickens to the new chook pen.
Mr Elu congratulated TSRA Land and Sea Management Unit, Regional Landcare Facilitator, George Saveka, for his leadership of the Sustainable Horticulture program; and Tagai College Environmental Education Coordinator, Tim Hillier, for their successful collaboration.