Stu­dents lend a hand

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

MORE than 500 lo­cal pri­mary and se­condary school stu­dents helped to plant 16,000 na­tive trees and shrubs in the Perth Air­port es­tate.

Ex­ter­nal af­fairs gen­eral man­ager Fiona Lan­der said the stu­dents were par­tic­i­pat­ing in the air­port’s Liv­ing Stream Project.

“Perth Air­port is strongly com­mit­ted to en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity,” Ms Lan­der said.

“We un­der­take a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year to pro­tect lo­cal wa­ter and soil re­sources, and re­duce the im­pact of air­port ac­tiv­i­ties on the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Tree plant­ing is an im­por­tant as­pect of our on­go­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal strat­egy and it is fan­tas­tic to have the con­tin­ued sup­port and in­volve­ment of 13 lo­cal pri­mary and five se­condary schools.”

The stu­dents also learnt about threat­ened na­tive an­i­mals and con­trol of feral preda­tors through the De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife’s Nearer to Na­ture Pro­gram.

“We hope that through the stu­dents’ par­tic­i­pa­tion, they gain an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of their lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment and the com­plex­ity of the ecosys­tems in and around Perth Air­port,” Ms Lan­der said.

Ed­ney Pri­mary School stu­dents Vic­to­ria Out­ten and Lalita Pu­va­nen­dran plant seedlings at Perth Air­port.

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