Help fund science trips: Biologist
TUCKED away, among the caravans and tents at Hastings Point, lies a little gem of marine science treasure.
Hundreds of school students each year get a chance to visit the Museum of Marine Natural History located within the Big 4 North Star caravan park in the Tweed Coast village.
Founded by marine biologist Ted Brambelby eight years ago, the museum offers a fascinating look at the plants and animals that make up the marine ecology of the nearby creek and coastal waters.
Mr Brambleby said practical, hands-on education in the marine environment was crucial to student learning and urged government to better fund school field trips so disadvantaged students don’t miss out.
Mr Brambleby said given the pertinence of climate change and the benefits of practical learning, the federal or state governments should step in.
“There is very little in difference of education in state public and private system, there are many great teachers in both,” he said.
“It’s just that many of those state school kids can’t afford to readily pay for the excursions.
“It would be great if somehow the government could subsidise field excursions for all school children.”