Pro­gram for con­ser­va­tion

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

Stu­dent con­ser­va­tion­ists re­cently un­veiled their find­ings as part of Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion Mar­garet River’s an­nual Our Patch pro­gram.

The con­ser­va­tion group works with lo­cal pri­mary schools ev­ery year to take stu­dents through some of the re­gion’s sen­si­tive wet­lands, ed­u­cat­ing them about risks to the en­vi­ron­ment as well as the lo­cal flora and fauna.

Project of­fi­cer Tracey Muir said about 570 stu­dents went through the pro­gram this year.

“I was over­whelmed by up­per pri­mary stu­dents’ pas­sion and cre­ativ­ity in in­ves­ti­gat­ing their lo­cal catch­ments and for­mu­lat­ing mean­ing­ful so­lu­tions to the prob­lems they found,” she told the Times.

“Dur­ing three terms, stu­dents from schools across the shire as­sessed wa­ter qual­ity, re­ported on fore­shore veg­e­ta­tion, met land­hold­ers, heard from tra­di­tional own­ers and ex­am­ined land man­age­ment prac­tices in the re­gion.

“They noted the im­pact of loss of na­tive veg­e­ta­tion, weeds, wa­ter ab­strac­tion and sed­i­men­ta­tion among other threats to wa­ter­way health.”

Ms Muir said the process cul­mi­nated in a for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion day at the Shire of Au­gusta-Mar­garet River of­fices.

Many stu­dents used mod­els, sculp­tures and posters to make their points. “It was a fab­u­lous oc­ca­sion to have the stu­dents, par­ents, coun­cil­lors, com­mu­nity mem­bers, Shire staff and sup­port­ers gath­ered to­gether ac­knowl­edg­ing the unique place that we live in, and our re­spon­si­bil­ity to care for it as stew­ards of the land,” Ms Muir said.

Stu­dents pro­duced short videos with the help of par­ent and pro­fes­sional an­i­ma­tor Mike Dunn, fo­cus­ing on wa­ter treat­ment ef­forts at Cape Men­telle. They also vis­ited Cane­brake Pool, Burn­side Or­ganic Farm, the Mar­garet River river mouth and lo­cal weirs.

■ Visit to view the stu­dent videos.

Stu­dents from the Mar­garet River In­de­pen­dent School present their find­ings.

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