AUSMEPA eNewsletter August 2013

Dear Friend,

Newsletter highlights:

Julie's Corner

I am very new to the wonderful world of Shipping and passionate to educate students on the very importance of protecting our marine environment. I have been a Primary School Teacher for the past 20 years and resigned to take on this role with AUSMEPA. I love it!!! A highlight, amongst many, would have to be at the Lloyd's List Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards; AUSMEPA received a 'Highly Commended' in the Maritime Services category. The submission outlined work that had been implemented throughout the past 12 months and the valuable impact on the Australian Shipping Industry.

With a relative low level of resources AUSMEPA is able to have a significant input into educating seafarers and providing schools with the most up to date resources on marine conservation and related sustainability issues. AUSMEPA has become a platform for the Australian shipping industry to take pride in their ongoing protection of the seas and oceans. We are able to develop local projects such as the Torres Strait Literacy Kit and our Australia wide curriculum programs.

All education materials and programs are designed to empower and encourage positive action to protect and enhance the marine environment. School students are encouraged to become community educators by developing communication programs and products.

AUSMEPA has been able to attract a highly motivated Board to develop its vision and programs for a better marine environment. A large amount of the work to run the programs and develop and produce materials has been either done on the basis of cost recovery or volunteered. AUSMEPA is fortunate enough to have the assistance of two of Australia's most experienced and innovative marine educators.

The school programs have a unique marine context. They include the environmental and economic significance of the shipping industry providing a better sustainability overview of marine environment.

The usual AUSMEPA project is highly innovative and excellent value for the money committed to it.  


Seafarers Guide and updated DVD
The AUSMEPA team have updated and published AUSMEPA and AMSA's joint project, the 3rd edition DVD of 'Welcome to Australia Protecting the Marine Environment', and it has a twist. In a  NEW initiative, instead of running one day safety and environmental workshops, AUSMEPA with the assistance of Hellenic Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA) and Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) have designed an educational PowerPoint workshop presentation on a USB stick, that can go directly to the seafarers' on their own ship. We envisage that every ship travelling in Australian waters will receive this Refresher Training Guide so that Captains and seafarers will be aware of Australian's regulations to ensure the protection of our prestigious marine environment.

You can view the DVD at


Rhondda Alexander Memorial Education Grant 2013

Each year AUSMEPA holds the Rhondda Alexander Memorial Education Grant. This is offered to schools Australia-wide. AUSMEPA awards a grant of up to $3,000 towards a school marine education project that leads to students actively improving the marine environment. This can include educating their local community and other behaviour change activities.
In 2013 the overall grant of $3,000 was awarded to Victoria's Port Fairy Consolidated School for their project, Voices for the Coast.  Below find the Port Fairy students receiving their AUSMEPA cheque while giving a 'thank you' salute.

 AUSMEPA are also proud to advise that we found extra funding for another two schools. Cleveland District State High School (QLD) and St Macartan's Primary School (VIC) both receive $1,500 each to support their projects.

  Cleveland District SHS Reef observation and conservation     St Macartan's Primary School Loves Every Drop

New Primary Posters

Teachers' work is made easier when they use the AUSMEPA Curriculum materials here. Students are engaged by the creative and innovative educational resources on the website. This year the long awaited Primary Posters are nearing completion. Although they will change a little bit here is a sneak peek:

The posters will become part of the popular poster pack that AUSMEPA provides free to schools engaging In marine studies.


We provide necessary environmental education services across the maritime and public education sectors however none are accomplished without the help of our supporters, partners, sponsors (listed below) and voluntary contributors.
We have room for more! If you would like to join us we have several opportunities for you to consider at


Australian Maritime Safety Agency (AMSA); Australian Shipowners Association; ASP; GeoGas; Baird Publications; MSQ;  Maersk Line; Neda Maritime Agency (Greece); Rio Tinto; Shell Tankers;  SMIT Tugs; Sun Enterprises (Greece);  Teekay; Australian Maritime College; Lloyd's List Australia; Svitzer; Sydney Ports;  Shipping Australia Ltd; Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics; BP; AAMA; Holman Fenwick Willan; Enmark Chartered Accountants;  Rightship;  Sea Transport; Newcastle Port; Alcoa; Origin; Australia Maritime Systems;  OOCL;   Brisbane Marine Pilots; PB Towage; SeaRoad Shipping; Kids and Water Safety; Apostles of the Sea.


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.

Nominations are sought from the community for the 2013/2014 Award and should be submitted to the AUSMEPA Executive Director by 30 September 2012. For full details and criteria go to

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