Newhaven Students Lend A Hand


Bass Coast Shire Council had the pleasure of hosting the Newhaven College Year 9 students to help out in our foreshore reserves.

The students worked with the foreshore reserve community groups once a week for up to three hours throughout Term 1.

In early 2015, Newhaven College Year 9 teacher, Steven Scott, contacted Council and various volunteer groups working on Phillip Island seeking interest in having students participate in their environmental activities work.

The students are completing a module ‘Environmental Applications: Coastcare and Landcare’ as part of the ‘Community Projects’ subject.

The focus of this module is making a difference in the community through active participation in ongoing projects, in consultation and partnership with local community organisations.

The students have been busy working with five different community groups.

They have pulled out Sea Spurge with Red Rocks Coast Action; helped with vandalism management and woody weeding with Cape Woolamai Coast Action; picked up rubbish for Clean Up Australia Day and woody weeding with Rhyll Coast Action; woody weeding with Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association; and helped out at the Barb Martin Bushbank with seed cleaning and propagation.

Mr Scott said it was encouraging to have such enthusiasm from the younger generation in conserving the environment.

“It also allows the students to be exposed as to what other activities there are available in the Shire and region,” Mr Scott said.

“The volunteer groups are eagerly looking for new likeminded people to join them.”

Council and the participating volunteer groups would like to thank Mr Scott and the students for their time and effort.

It has been extremely helpful to have them lending a hand and learn about the environment they live in.