On Thursday 27th July the Sustainability Ambassadors planted 80 trees/plants for National Community Tree Planting Day at Johnson’s Bend.
The native species included:
- Black Box – Eucalyptus largiflorens
- River Red Gum – Eucalyptus camaldulensis
- River Coobah – Acacia stenophylla
- Pig Face – Crassifolium
- Creeping Boobialla – Myoporum parvifolium .
The area re-vegetated has had a lot of off road driving and now with the tees and bollards in place this will be a very nice place visit. Thanks too, to our MRCC Team Nardia, Jo and Tina for all the preparation behind the scenes to make the planting a success.
Next week 6CR will be going to Lake Ranfurly to re-vegetate using seed dispersal.
Lake Ranfurly used to be a freshwater lake, surrounded by trees and is now a degraded saline drainage basin as a result of human activities including illegal dumping of waste, discharge of pollution, saline water from the Salt Interception Scheme, urban and irrigation run-off and historic use as a sewerage disposal.
Lake Ranfurly is still important for birds including migratory waders as well as resident terrestrial species, although the quality of habitat.
A total of 101 bird species have been recorded including threatened species such as Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) and Black Falcon (Falco subniger).
Under Victorias Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 the threatened Eastern Hooded Scaly-foot (Pygopus schraden), Kneed Swainson-pea (Swainsona reticulta), Eastern Great –egret (Ardea modesta) and White –bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) are protected with Action Statements.
- Pest Plants
- Pest Animals
- Off track driving and too many tracks
- Illegal dumping of rubbish
- Encroachment from surrounding landowners
- Quality of water
- Utility construction and maintenance
- Lack of co-ordinated Land Ownership and Strategic Planning
- Inadequate management of threatened flora/fauna populations
Planting trees creates a healthier environment and provides oxygen.
The Hands Up Data was collected on Thursday 27th
61 Bike/scooter/skateboard/rip stick
86 Walking and Walking Bus
183 Private car
We were privileged to be asked to the Mildura Ski Club and be involved in another area of Mildura to make it environmentally friendly for visitors to Mildura and the members of the Mildura Ski Club.
Ski Club: 5OH students
Summer: We were invited to re-vegetate a section of the Mildura Ski Club. Our class all participated to improve this area
Miriam: The Ski Club donated part of the carpark back to nature to prevent erosion and stop people parking just anywhere.
James: Our class worked hard planting 130 trees to make this area look great.
Heidi: The more care we took planning the trees the better chance they have of survival.
We visited Around Again and found out that Mildura does so much recycling compared to other places. There are so many different things that can be recycled at the Landfill: mattresses, batteries for cars, all small batteries for, polystyrene foam, plastic bags and so much more. Our class learnt heaps!
I liked doing my Water Week poster because I incorporated outside leaves,grass and bark to make an amazing 3D picture. My message was to wash cars on grass to water it and not to waste water on your concrete.
If you see that the classroom has enough light, turn the lights off.
If students leave the classroom and there’s no one in it turn it off. (check if classrooms have sensors)
Close the doors if the heaters are on. Inform the students to wear jumpers to make everything much easier to save power!
We planted many different types of native seeds at Lake Ranfurly to cover up the bare ground. This is another way to regvegetate. You have to cover the seeds with soil so they don’t blow away or the birds eat them. We also planted native trees.
We went on the bus as a class and we were dropped off at Lake Ranfurly.
We planted lots of native trees in parts where there was bare ground.
Recently we went to Lake Ranfurly to plant trees. We had a team of 3. We all had different jobs. Our class planted 75 trees altogether.
We hope people look after them!