Stu­dents join con­ser­va­tion ef­fort

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE EDUCATION -

GET­TING to know your coun­cil en­vi­ron­men­tal re­serve through wildlife en­coun­ters and tree plant­ing was the fo­cus of an en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­cov­ery day at An­nie He­hir Road En­vi­ron­ment Re­serve in Peach­ester re­cently.

About 40 stu­dents from Peach­ester State School planted 385 trees at the re­serve, dis­cov­ered what small crea­tures live in the creek, searched for wildlife homes and got to see some of the an­i­mals up close dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion from Gecko’s Wildlife dur­ing the three-hour work­shop.

Coun­cil­lor Rick Baberowski ap­plauded the stu­dents’ con­ser­va­tion ef­forts and en­cour­aged the com­mu­nity to get in­volved in lo­cal bush con­ser­va­tion pro­grams.

“You can­not man­age what you don’t un­der­stand, so it’s both es­sen­tial and en­cour­ag­ing to see stu­dents from our lo­cal school get­ting out into their nat­u­ral sur­round­ings and be­ing able to learn about re-build­ing a lo­cal ecol­ogy and sup­port con­ser­va­tion in such a hands-on way,” Cr Baberowski said.

The 45ha prop­erty is one of 547 en­vi­ron­ment re­serves man­aged by coun­cil.

Any­one of any age who wants to get in­volved in con­ser­va­tion work or ex­plore their lo­cal area can do so by vis­it­ing coun­cil’s website.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

STAY GREEN: Stu­dents join in con­ser­va­tion ef­fort at An­nie He­hir Road En­vi­ron­ment Re­serve in Peach­ester.

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