Moreton Bay Discovery Centre and Manly West State School were in the spotlight today when Environment and Energy Minister, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP visited the Bonner electorate.
Member for Bonner Ross Vasta invited the Minister to visit some great local icons, including the local education facility Moreton Bay Discovery Centre located at the William Gun Jetty in Manly.
Mr Vasta has secured $450,000 in funding as a commitment from the Coalition Government to enable the organisation to expand its environmental education programs.
Moreton Bay Discovery Centre Project Manager David Farley explained the wide variety of programs they offer for locals and tourists – which will be boosted by their new facility funded by Mr Vasta’s advocacy.
There are also future plans to install interactive hi-tech displays that can be updated and changed regularly according to the educational programs running at that time.
“As well as having an interactive centre for visitors and classes we will also be able to take our conservation work out into the community benefiting the local bird and wildlife species.”
Minister Frydenberg praised the group for the wonderful work they’re doing.
“This will be a great local facility that will educate not only Moreton Bay locals, but visitors to this beautiful region.
“Ross Vasta is fighting hard for organisations like the Discovery Centre to be able to expand and grow – boosting tourism and creating jobs.”
Mr Vasta says it was clear that something needed to be done to reinvigorate the centre, so he wasted no time going to the Prime Minister and campaigning for the money needed to build the new museum.
“The new centre will boost jobs and tourism in the area and more importantly will educate our local youth on the importance of being environmentally aware.”
Mr Vasta and Minister Frydenberg also visited Manly West State School to meet with the student leaders and see their environmental programs in action.
Principal Lisa Morrison was keen to show the Minister the school’s many interactive gardens and their ninja warrior play area.
She says their whole philosophy is about getting children out and connecting with the environment while they’re learning.
Mr Vasta agreed that this would be a great asset for the local school and says he would be happy to work with Manly West State School to ensure this dream becomes a reality for their students and school community.