Stu­dents get a close look at con­ser­va­tion

Broome Advertiser - - News - Robert Dougherty

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.

Pic­ture: Sarah Mullineux

Yawuru Rangers’ Cur­tis Robin­son and An­thony Richard­son with St Mary’s Col­lege stu­dents Tamyzne Richard­son and Woora McLarty after a Roe­buck Bay pa­trol.

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