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Teachers Get Wrapped In Beeswax

Image Credit: Sue Sargent 

On Saturday 7 September, over 30 local teachers are giving up their Saturday morning to participate in a ‘train the trainer’ workshop learning how to make beeswax wraps.

The free workshop, which is part of the Burnett Local Marine Advisory Committee’s Less Is More for the Great Barrier Reef project (#LessIsMore) has been designed to provide teachers with the skills to make beeswax wraps in the classroom.

Image Credit: Sue Sargent 

“Sustainability is a cross-curriculum priority for schools,” said organiser, Sue Sargent, Chair of the Burnett Local Marine Advisory Committee.

“This is a practical way that teachers can deliver the curriculum and make a difference to the environment.”

Image Credit: Sue Sargent 

Focused on initiating positive behaviour change for the Great Barrier Reef within the Bundaberg community, the #LessisMore project aims to encourage people to assume individual responsibility for their role in perpetuating environmental problems, and to assume more positive behaviours for the Reef.

Through this activity, teachers will teach their students how to make beeswax wraps and then encourage them to use them every day in their lunchboxes replacing single-use plastic wrap around sandwiches or wraps.

“If cared for correctly, a single beeswax wrap can be reused for over a year and is then composted at the end of its life,” stated Toni Sergiacomi, teacher from Bargara State School.

After attending the ‘train the trainer’ session, participating schools will leave with a free class kit of materials and equipment; in return for a pledge to run a beeswax wrap session with at least one class in their school over the next six months.

Teacher Toni Sergiacomi from Bargara State School and Indigenous Arts Development Officer, Nicole Bonney from Gidarjil Development Corporation will lead the workshop.

Participants include Bargara, Bundaberg South, Burnett Heads, Elliott Heads, Kalkie, and Moore Park State Schools, along with Bundaberg North State High School, Kepnock State High School, St John’s Lutheran Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, St Lukes Anglican School, the Mon Repos Turtle Rangers and St Mary’s Catholic Primary Out of School Care.

“Through the project, we aim to engage 25% of Bundaberg’s 98,000 population and challenge at least 5% (4,900 people) to make at least one positive change for the Reef,” said Ms Sargent.

The #LessIsMore for the GBR project is hosted by Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers and funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

The Burnett Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC) is one of twelve Local Marine Advisory Committees (LMACs) along the Great Barrier Reef catchment from Bundaberg to Cooktown and provides community advice to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

For more information on the project, people can find the project on Facebook @LessIsMore4GBR