Conservation Volunteers Australia Cassandra Clark assists with planting of native grasses and shrubs as part of the Green Schools Connect Program conducted at the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre.
Conservation Volunteers Australia Cassandra Clark assists with planting of native grasses and shrubs as part of the Green Schools Connect Program conducted at the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre. Brenda Strong

Volunteers get hands dirty

A GROUP of volunteers are planting a bright new outlook for the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre (BIEEC) as part of the nationwide Green Schools Connect program.

Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) volunteers have been getting their hands dirty in a project aimed at increasing plant biodiversity, creating additional wildlife habitats and assisting in reducing soil erosion on the slopes of the property.

As part of the two-day program, which started yesterday and continues today, a team of volunteers have joined visiting students and staff from BIEEC in planting 400 drought tolerant native grasses and shrubs.

The planting is being carried out as part of the Green Schools Connect program, a partnership between CVA and the Vodafone Australia Foundation to help make environment projects for schools a reality.

CVA’s Better Earth team leader, Iris Cosgrove, said the native grasses planted had been produced on site while the bottlebrush shrubs were propagated from seeds at CVA’s community nursery in Tannum Sands.

“It is all about making it a better place for the kids and wildlife,” Ms Cosgrove said.

BIEEC principal David Kopelke said CVA was doing a fantastic job in helping the environment and providing a more pleasant place for children to visit.

“The centre is very grateful to Vodafone for funding CVA to assist in this project.”

Green Schools Connect has been helping to educate and inspire young Australians about the environment since 2005.

Just like the BIEEC, schools nationwide are given assistance by volunteer teams to begin, continue or complete practical actions to help them become a better Green School.



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