Girls on eco-adventure
TIN Can Bay students Angel Armitage and Shannon Reilly have become the Gympie region’s River Ambassadors by participating in a two-week eco-adventure down the Brisbane River.
Angel and Shannon paddled, cycled, hiked and boated from the river’s source in the Bunya Mountains, through to Fort Lytton on Moreton Bay – a journey of some 340 kilometres.
The pair were two of 30 junior high school students from around south-east Queensland invited to join the trip and learn about environmental sustainability with physical activity. To be accepted they needed good grades and a decent fitness level.
One of the things Shannon and Angel learned first-hand was how polluted the Brisbane waterways had become because of dredging.
“And that’s one reason why the water’s all yucky,” Shannon told The Gympie Times yesterday.
“(The trip) helped me learn about the waterways and realise every piece of rubbish we throw on the ground will end up there.”
Along the journey, the River Ambassadors completed tasks such as monitoring water quality, assessing plants and weeds, documenting the trip through news reporting and photography, and monitoring fauna, including endangered species.
With help along the way from a number of experts in science, arts, history and the environment, the girls undertook curriculum-based experiments, surveys and educational activities looking at the past, present and future of the river.
“It’s our environment and it’s not to be taken for granted,” Shannon said.