Coast staff win award

Geraldton Guardian - - News -

The Batavia Coast Mar­itime In­sti­tute’s staff were sur­prised to re­ceive the De­part­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage’s On-ground Coastal Man­age­ment Award at the re­cent 2017 WA Coastal Awards for Ex­cel­lence.

The in­sti­tute was recognised for its pro­tec­tion and restora­tion ef­forts at the Abrol­hos Is­lands, which over a four-year pe­riod in­volved more than 600 com­mu­nity, stu­dent and stake­holder vol­un­teers, more than 17,000 work­ing hours and 157 days of field work across 32 of the is­lands.

Project man­ager Maryke Gray said the award came as a com­plete sur­prise and it was great for her team to have been recognised for­mally.

“I’m thrilled the TAFE has won this award as it is a tes­ta­ment to the hard work that has gone in, not only for this project but also across the var­i­ous projects con­ducted at the BCMI,” Ms Gray said.

“This project was a great op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to re­ceive the the­ory in the class­room and then step out and re­ceive real-life prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

“They also had many op­por­tu­ni­ties to net­work with project part­ners and those in the in­dus­try.”

The project was funded by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

It in­volved in­stalling ero­sion­con­trol mat­ting and ac­tiv­i­ties such as man­grove map­ping, seedling ger­mi­na­tion, reveg­e­ta­tion, weed re­moval, ma­rine de­bris re­moval, mouse erad­i­ca­tion, and seabird and habi­tat mon­i­tor­ing.

Ms Gray cred­ited the suc­cess of the project to the col­lab­o­ra­tion of sev­eral part­ners, in­clud­ing Cen­tral Re­gional TAFE Ger­ald­ton Cam­pus, North­ern Agri­cul­tural Catch­ments Coun­cil, the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment, the De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion and Attractions, Ger­ald­ton Se­nior Col­lege and the Mu­seum of Ger­ald­ton.

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