Madeleine McGann from the Cathedral School of St Anne and St James (far left), along with other Keynote speakers and conference organizers.
Madeleine McGann, supported by the Great Tropical Drive, Townsville City Council, Reef HQ and Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM, as well as her family and the Cathedral School, was able to attend the Global Ecotourism Conference held in Oslo, Norway, on May 14-16 2007.
She was accompanied by her teacher, Judy Newman, and attended as a delegate for Townsville and the youth of Townsville and the world.
Madeleine was able to connect with young people from Townsville and other countries via videoconference while she was in Oslo, and reported back during the final plenary session of the Oslo Conference, in front of more than 400 ecotourism exports, operators and researchers.
Her speech moved the audience to the point that she got a standing ovation. She was even invited to attend other conferences as a representative of the youth.
Madeleine and Judy were also in charge of manning a booth in Oslo at the conference Trade Show. She promoted Townsville as an emerging ecotourism destination, informing visitors about Townsville’s lifestyle and ecotourism operators in the Townsville region.
Madeleine is producing a report on her experience and reported to Townsville’s community during environment week.