A successful Saturday shovelling session!

Saturday saw a determined group of St Columba’s students and siblings, 3/4 Eco Warrior representatives and Green Team parents successfully shovel 7 m3 of soil into our soon-to-be Indigenous garden.

The team got to work at 10.30am with shovels, wheelbarrows and rakes and managed to get their morning work out in minutes before the rain came!

The garden is located outside the front of the school, and the aim is to install locally indigenous tubestock with Boon Wurrung significance to develop a supporting habitat for bird species.

Did you know…

  • Over one third of Victoria’s bird species, as well as Australian and international migratory birds, visit or reside in our school’s Elster Creek coastal zone.
  • Elster Creek (from the coast inland 2 km) is home to a diversity of species, with nearly 1000 fauna recorded by volunteer naturalist Gio Fitzpatrick since 2012.
  • The lower Creek and foreshore are visited by migratory birds including international species.

The project is being supported by Landcare Australia and Momentum Energy’s Powerful Youth Projects initiative. Through the initiative, schools, childcare centres and youth groups across Victoria will see young people actively caring for and learning about their natural environment. From Lorne to Nungurner, students will be getting their hands dirty building veggie and bushtucker gardens, Indigenous and sensory gardens. Other projects include those to learn about biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, including bee projects, frog bogs and native revegetation.

For more information about Junior Landcare and the Powerful Youth Projects, please visit www.landcareaustralia.org.au/powerful-youth-projects.