While the Mackay and Whitsunday regions are fortunate to include one of the most stunning marine environments in the world, students from local schools which are on a waiting list to take part in marine education, may be left disappointed unless there is more local support. however this program is no longer offered.
Businesses in Mackay and the Whitsundays were invited to sponsor a student to make sure young marine-lovers could get hands-on out on the water, and the reef and islands as part of the Marine Classroom program. The program was set up in 2014 when Wild Mob and Reef Catchments joined forces to offer a learning adventure for local high school students at a subsidised cost, ensuring any student could afford to be involved.
Reef Catchments was the program’s major funding partner although, with many more schools being eager participate, funding support from local businesses was also sought to meet demand.