AUSMEPA eNewsletter Spring 2012

This special newsletter contains information about 2 of AUSMEPA's most outstanding initiatives, the Environmental Award (closing soon) and the Rhondda Alexander Memorial Education Grant (opening soon).

CLOSING SOON: AUSMEPA environmental award nominations

The AUSMEPA Environment Award is presented to worthy recipients to recognise and promote achievements, innovation and best practice in minimising marine pollution and the protection of the marine environment. The AUSMEPA Environmental Award can be awarded to individuals, community groups, businesses and government agencies or departments.

Affected area before remediation Rehabilitated salt marsh
2010/2011 Environmental Award recipient, Port of Townsville

Nominations available annually, are now being sought from the maritime community as well as AUSMEPA members. If you know of an inspirational project that meets the criteria below please submit a nomination in hard copy to AUSMEPA's national office PO Box 7122, SIPPY DOWNS, QLD 4556 and also by email to by 30 September.

Nominations for the Environmental Award must meet the following criteria:

  • the introduction of an innovative service or practice which reduces marine pollution and enhances the protection of the marine environment
  • the undertaking of a service or practice which reduces marine pollution and enhances the protection of the marine environment
  • a significant achievement or contribution to reducing marine pollution and/or enhancing the protection of the marine environment.
  • the nominee should be based and operate in Australia and the benefits must be to the Australian marine environment

The AUSMEPA Board will review all nominations that generally meet the required criteria. However, in some years, if nominations fall short of the requited high level, an award may not be made in that year.  Find out more here

OPENING SOON: Rhondda Alexander Memorial Education Grant 2013

Following Rhondda Alexander's tragic death in July 2010, AUSMEPA established a memorial to Rhondda Alexander in the form of an annual Grant. The grant is offered to schools Australia-wide.

About the grant

Each year the Australian Marine Environmental Protection Association (AUSMEPA) awards a grant of up to $3,000 towards a school marine education project that leads to students actively improve the marine environment. This can include educating their local community and other behaviour change activities.  The grant is open from 30 September and closes on the 1st of March in the following year.

Main criteria:

  • Students must have a major role in organising the project.
  • On completion of their project the students will create a video clip communication product suitable to be placed on the AUSMEPA website. Photo permission slips will be required.
  • The project will have a major coastal conservation application either by direct action or involvement with community education (they have equal weight).
  • The project will demonstrate originality and that it can be replicated by other schools.
  • The project must provide quality content, outcomes and outputs
  • The grant money should used for resources not already available at school however may be used for example to go towards purchasing or hiring equipment that the school would not normally have.
  • The application must be fully completed, signed and dated by the school Principal.
  • Evidence will be provided to indicate some use of AUSMEPA resource material.

Find out more about the grant here

About the successful projects for 2012
We were pleased to announce the $3,000 grant was awarded to Clontarf Beach High School, Clontarf Beach, QLD for their project: Field Guide to the Animals of Moreton Bay. Among other outcomes the students will make an iPod/iPad application that will become a reference tool in identifying local species students have researched within their marine studies and aquatic practices coursework. 

This project was seen has having a wide applicability as it is intended for free download enabling other students and the wider community to identify and access information on local organisms. It will include photos, scientific names and other salient attributes; diet, conservation status and legal lengths/bag limits for fishers. The project will make it easy for schools to undertake research projects locally and replicate similar 'apps' in other places.

AUSMEPA was also pleased to announce  extra funding for two other schools who received $1500 each to support their projects. Queenscliff Primary School, Queenscliff VIC for their project We are the Future.

The other successful candidate Warnambool East Primary School, Warrnambool VIC whose project was titled Rock Pool School: An exploration in conservation.

To request an application form for this grant please contact or download here and complete and return to:

PO Box 7122
Sippy Downs  QLD  4551

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