Bass Coast,

Students Dig Deep With Landcare


Wonthaggi Secondary College Year 8 students worked with the Bass Coast Landcare Network last week to plant 10,000 native trees and shrubs.

Around 80 students volunteered their time over two days at Margaret Brown’s property just outside of Inverloch as part of the Bass Coast Landcare Network’s Biodiversity Fund Project, which aims to protect and restore Bass Coast waterways and vital remnant vegetation.

Bass Coast Landcare coordinator, Dave Bateman, said along with Landcare staff and volunteers, the students planting 10000 indigenous plants in an unproductive pasture with high salt levels in order to reduce salinity at the site and provide some protection for stock.

“It was the largest school kids planting that Bass Coast Landcare have organised in the past six years. The students were a great help and I’d particularly like to thank their Year 8 teachers, Nick Sibly and Cathy Moore, for organising them all,” Mr Bateman said.

“It was a great turn out and the kids worked really hard, even though the weather wasn’t too flash. It was such a big job.”

Mr Bateman also thanked Clive Hollins and the Rotary Club of Wonthaggi for coming along and cooking a barbecue lunch on both days.

Bass Coast Landcare organises around 10 activities every year with the Secondary College, including tree planting and water quality monitoring as part of the Environmental Detectives Program.

“The program is a chance for Landcare to get in there early and help shape young people’s attitudes towards being environmentally conscious,” Mr Bateman said.