Students transform the landscape

In a remarkable display of environmental stewardship, local students recently planted over 700 native plants.

The cool and wet weather couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm Gippsland Grammar junior students had in completing their environmental project which forms part of a three year multi partner project along the lower Mitchell River.

Gippsland Grammar and partners Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC), Bairnsdale Urban Landcare Group, Eastwood Landcare Group and the East Gippsland Shire Council contributed to many environmental activities throughout the life of this project.

These initiatives focussed on improving community access and assets, incorporating Traditional Owner values and priorities, improving habitat for native species and wetland restoration along the highly popular area of the Mitchell River from the Lind Bridge to the Highway Bridge.

“The hard work and commitment from not only this school but the community groups that work tirelessly to ensure our rivers remain healthy for generations to come is to be applauded.”, said East Gippsland Catchment Management’s CEO, Bec Hemming.

“The students will be able to keep a good eye on their work as the plants mature and grow, and they will be proud of their environmental contribution to their local area.”

These projects are funded as part of the Victorian Government’s $248 million investment over four years (2020-24) into improving the health of waterways and catchments in regional Victoria.

Gippsland Grammar Bairnsdale Campus students plant over 700 plants.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout East Gippsland and pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past and present.