St Laurence’s College students rolled up their sleeves alongside Powerlink Queensland and the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C) recently to plant 300 native seedlings at an important environmental corridor in Runcorn.
The working bee was held at the school’s playing fields, a site traversed by the Bulimba Creek and Powerlink’s Algester to Runcorn electricity transmission line.
B4C’s Lisa Bannister said the plantings were part of a 16-month project dedicated to removing weeds, increasing vegetation density and tackling creek bank erosion.
“These efforts will help to improve water quality in the Bulimba Creek and rehabilitate habitat for local native wildlife, including the long-necked turtle, yellow footed antechinus and wallum froglet,” Ms Bannister said.
St Laurence’s College Vice Principal John Butterworth said the Year 5 students involved in the event had relished the opportunity to experience an ‘outdoor classroom’ for the morning.
“Our students helped to enhance the environment at this important recreational precinct and learned about human impacts on waterway health through a life-sized interactive catchment board game. They also completed a walk along Bulimba Creek with B4C experts to identify local flora and fauna,” Mr Butterworth said.
Powerlink Chief Executive Merryn York said the working bee followed a recent guest lecture from Powerlink and B4C representatives who spoke to students about the importance of looking after waterways and environmental conservation.
“We are pleased to have fostered a strong relationship with St Laurence’s College, as an important stakeholder for Powerlink in this area. We are very proud to have worked with them and B4C to help protect and enhance the Bulimba Creek into the future,” Ms York said.
State Member for Sunnybank Peter Russo MP said the event showcased the benefits of schools, environmental organisations and industry working together.
“These initiatives produce tangible and lasting results to enhance community and recreational spaces, and facilitate the sharing of knowledge about environmental conservation to the next generation,” Mr Russo said.
On-ground maintenance to protect the newly-planted seedlings will continue through to December 2017.