Premier announces subsidy for school experience programs

Capricorn Enterprise was thrilled to receive news this week of a new state government initiative which will give more Queensland students the chance to explore the magic of our Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Each year, thousands of Queensland kids travel interstate for school excursions but many haven’t had the chance to experience the beauties of their own backyard. The 3-year, $1 million program will provide up to $150 for more than 6500 eligible students, enticing them to visit the reef from Cooktown to Bundaberg as part of their school excursions/camps.

The Capricorn region is fortunate to have two Master Reef Guides located within the Keppel Bay waters including Max Allen Jnr from Freedom Fast Cats and Sam Appleton from Keppel Dive, further enhancing our region’s offering to schools considering building reef education into their curriculum.

Providing greater understanding of the reef and sharing the importance of its protection to future generations is vital and Capricorn Enterprise commends the Palaszczuk Government for introducing this program, which will not only enable more students to experience the beauty of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, but also support tourism operators who have been doing it tough.

All primary and secondary Queensland schools can apply. More information can be found at or schools can register for updates by emailing

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