Over 150 students have volunteered their time to be involved with the revegetation project at the proposed Preston River to Ocean regional park.
The Tuart Brook reserve is apart of a 900 hectare continuous linkage from the Preston River to the Maidens.
The students planted 5000 trees with bio-diversity project manager Pip Marshal who said she hoped the students would become more environmentally conscious as a result of the experience.
“It’s good to encourage children at a young age so hopefully it continues into their adult life, and these kids will go home and tell their parents about their day so with any luck their parents will become a little more conscious too,” she said.
South West Catchments Council (SWCC) project manager Natalie Olsen said the students’ efforts would help restore the Tuart Brook landscape by building on community revegetation work of the past two years.
“The students are doing an incredible job helping to bring back the bush, in this unique feature in the South West” Ms Olsen said.
The area has been recently fenced but prior to that the land suffered from illegal dumping activities.
“The rubbish dumping will be curbed by this because it is a big issue with dumping and this can help people value the area a bit more.”
The project is supported by SWCC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the City of Bunbury.
The wider Bunbury community is also encouraged to get involved in park conservation by attending community events, field days and volunteer activities. For more information, contact Natalie Olsen on 9724 2402 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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