Land­care bids for kids hearts

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - GE­ORGE SMITH

THE car­ing for the planet mes­sage came to Monto as Ju­nior Land­care Day at­tracted 40 chil­dren and 20 adults at the old scout hall.

Event fa­cil­i­ta­tor Carly Burn­ham said the pur­pose of the day was to pro­mote land­care into ev­ery­day skills.

The chil­dren painted their con­nec­tion to the en­vi­ron­ment and each planted a tree in the Monto Botan­i­cal Gar­dens.

“The essence is con­nect­ing to earth through cre­ativ­ity,” Ms Burn­ham said.

“They (the chil­dren) re­sponded very well to the ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Thomas Han­ley, 12, said the best part of the day was get­ting out­doors; that it was more en­joy­able to learn away from a class­room.

“I saw plants that I planted last year and learned why land is so im­por­tant for food and wildlife,” he said.

The high­light of the day was a pre­sen­ta­tion by Rad­i­cal Rep­tiles Bund­aberg spon­sored by North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

The day was funded by the Community De­vel­op­ment and Re­cov­ery Pack­age via the state and fed­eral Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments.

Pho­tos: Ge­orge Smith

SNAKE ALERT: David Wil­liams, Jes­sica Hor­rocks, Prue Dow, Emily Hor­rocks, Sarah Hor­rocks and Holly Knight hang on to a long and friendly python.

SNAKE CATCH­ERS: Court­ney Larsen, Alexis Larsen, Kaleena Egan, TJ Larsen and Brid­get Farmer hold a three-me­tre python at Monto’s Ju­nior Land­care Day.

SNAKE TEAM: Syl­vain Le Roux, Tracey Blue, Sam Dow, Ngairie Hen­nessy, Bon­nie Muller, Quade and Grant Burn­ham and Kathy Baker get friendly with the python at Monto’s Ju­nior Land­care Day.

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