Engaging the Ocean Shores Public School community in coastal wetland rehabilitation
WetlandCare Australia successfully delivered a Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA) project during 2010 and 2011 in partnership with Ocean Shores Public School, reviving the schools nature trail and wetland. The nature trail is 200 metres long and runs through 0.68ha of paperbark wetland in the corner of the school property.
This project involved:
- The development of a wetland management plan - this provided the school with future management options for the wetland and will included a comprehensive flora (native and exotic) list, hydrological assessment, weed management recommendations, revegetation and rehabilitation strategies and nature trail upgrade options.
- Weed control works arising from the recommendations in the management plan (lantana and other weed removal)
- Photo point monitoring - conducted by the school students to illustrate the results of the weed control works and revegetation
- A community wetland day - this day saw the planting of 300 native trees, site appropriate seedlings as well as awareness raising activities for the community, staff and students
- Development of site specific, stage appropriate student and community educational materials including a Plant Guide.
- Training of Year 5 students by WetlandCare Australia as ”Wetland Guides” to build knowledge as well as student leadership skills.
This innovative project was one of a suite of coastal projects across coastal NSW under a two year NRCMA-led statewide project to Engage Coastal Communities in Coastline Conservation as part of the Caring for our Country Program. This project is now a showcase and highly successful model for other schools to utilise for their on-site or nearby wetlands.
“We have gained a lot from being a wetland guide. We have especially enjoyed giving tours and learning about our environment. Being a wetland guide has also improved our public speaking skills and confidence.” Year 6 students Isabella Brett and Ellie Svikis.
“The rehabilitation of the school wetlands could not have achieved as much without the grant received and the support given by WetlandCare Australia.” Chris Hauritz, Principal.
Ocean Shores Public School have been so successful with this project they have been featured in Gardening Australia magazine in the August 2011 issue. Have a read to see how WetlandCare Australia have assisted them to create such a fantastic project.
For more information download the project information bulletin - click here.
Contact Cassie Price, WetlandCare Australia on (02) 66816169 or email@example.com
This project of the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority was undertaken by WetlandCare Australia through funding from the Australian and NSW Governments.