GHHP's Second Edition Storybook
Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP) presents the second edition in the Barry and Jenny Storybook Series. “Barry & Jenny’s Release: Gladstone Harbour Report Card 2016” articulates the results of the 2016 report card in a manner that can be understood by children of all ages.
The first edition focuses on how the health of Gladstone Harbour is tested and monitored under the four key components (environmental, social, cultural and economic), while this second edition concentrates on delivering the report card findings.
Many schools now use the first edition storybook in their classrooms to teach students about scientific research that is taking place in their community.
We hope you enjoy the evolving story of Barry and Jenny, and we thank the characters for their role in helping to educate our young people.
GHHP Education Resource Kit
The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership have developed an educational resource kit to increase awareness of the testing of the harbour in school curriculums. The GHHP Education Resource Kit is an effective method to educate students and their families about how the health of the harbour is being monitored. The kit utilises GHHP resources, such as the annual Report Card and children’s story book to create a comprehensive package to build the student’s knowledge of harbour health testing and the scientific processes involved. The GHHP Education Resource Kit is providing an opportunity, within the education system, for the community to gain an understanding of what is happening within Gladstone.
The Gladstone Harbour Science Education Kit, will provide the following outcomes for GHHP, schools/ students and the community:
- Community awareness of Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership, including the vision, role, and partners
- An understanding of the science behind the testing of Gladstone Harbour, resulting in the grades provided in the annual Report Card
- The instigation of family discussion about Harbour Health, with resources taken home and accessed online at home
- A local example of what is happening now for students to get a real understanding of environmental, social, economic and cultural science
- Education of teachers as to the scientific testing of Gladstone Harbour and the results of the testing
- An ongoing and sustainable program that ensures the awareness, use and understanding of the Gladstone Harbour Report Card now and in future years.
GHHP Citizen Science Program Overview
The GHHP Citizen Science Funding Program is aimed at involving the community in the science of monitoring and reporting on Gladstone waterways.
The Citizen Science Funding Program's outcomes are to:
- Increase knowledge of volunteers/students/ general community in relation to the science of monitoring and reporting of waterway health.
- Promote the community based Citizen Science projects through the GHHP website, newsletter and local media outlets.
The opportunity exists within the Citizen Science Funding Program for local organisations to create citizen science projects.Projects need to be a hands-on, inquiry-based waterway science program that stimulates science inquiry, capturing the imagination of its participants.
The Citizen Science Funding Program's intention is to allow community based groups, the opportunity to partake in waterway science education, by participating in field-based experiences that would otherwise be inaccessible to the wider community.The program is an initiative to involve and empower the Gladstone community in the sustainable use and management of waterways and the environmental assets in and around the harbour.
Projects are encouraged to use a number of creative platforms to record and log information and progress (e.g. blogs, videos, pictures and reports). The Citizen Science Program must be interactive, creative, educational and fun for the Gladstone community, while maintaining a science investigation structure.
The Citizen Science program is designed for applicants from local community groups, schools/school groups and not-for-profit organisations.
Our Harbour, Our Reflections
The ‘Our Harbour, Our Reflections’ project saw many local Gladstone families called upon to share their own personal stories of living in and around the harbour. These stories have been captured and presented in a series of videos and interviews. In their interviews, participants discuss experiences, life changes, town changes and what the harbour means to them, providing a sense of the social and cultural value of the Gladstone Harbour within the community.
The Our Harbour, Our Reflections video series will act as a time capsule remembering and sharing the memories and stories for generations to come, along with the book as a written transcript of the video interviews. To follow these stories please visit harbourreflections.org.au
Gladstone Harbour Replica Model
GHHP have commissioned a realistic 3D scale model of Gladstone Harbour. The model is used to communicate partnership activities and results of Harbour monitoring. Created by Queensland Company VH Models, the model provides accurate details of the Harbour and surrounding catchments. If you are interested in using the model for a community event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Boyne River Catchment story tells the tale of a single water drop that travels through the Gladstone Region waterways, starting at Awoonga Dam and ending its journey in the Gladstone Harbour. The story focusses on the impact that families, local businesses, industry workers, schools and the rest of the community has on the health of the water that runs through our waterways and ends up in Gladstone Harbour.
We presented this story at National Science Week 2014 and proved to be a great way to educate children about the impact they can have on the health of our waterways and Gladstone Harbour. Click here to follow The Boyne River Catchment Story.