Students get a close look at conservation
St Mary’s College students have had the chance to work with the Parks and Wildlife Service as they went on patrol in Roebuck Bay with Yawuru Rangers.
The pair of lucky Year 10 students, Tamzyne Richardson and Woora McClarty, spent time with rangers, met staff across the West Kimberley district and learnt about conservation of the land and sea recently.
Yawuru program leader Daniel Balint said the excursion included information about conservation at Eighty Mile Beach, terrestrial parks in Yawuru Conservation Estate, and Lalanggarram Camden Sound Marine Park.
“Where possible, we want to provide young local people with the opportunity to experience what it is like to work in environmental roles, to give them something to aspire to when they leave school,” he said.
“This week, the students have participated in Minyirr Park trail maintenance with the Yawuru Rangers, which involved pruning back trails, repairing bollards and replacing trail marker signage.”
The students also took part in a whale interaction and compliance patrol on board marine vessel Jangabarri and learnt about night-time crocodile surveys and mitigation.
“We hope the students enjoyed their work experience with the department and it helps provide them with some ideas about what areas to study or develop their future career,” Mr Balint said.
Yawuru Rangers’ Curtis Robinson and Anthony Richardson with St Mary’s College students Tamyzne Richardson and Woora McLarty after a Roebuck Bay patrol.