Ross Hill Reserve School's Eco Day
Gwymac Landcare hosted a School’s Eco Day at Ross Hill Reserve in June with funding from NSW Environmental Trust.
120 Year 5 students from 5 local schools (Inverell Public, Ross Hill, Gilgai, Delungra, and Ashford) plus teachers and presenters attended the park on the day to work their way around the presenters, learning about a an assortment of environmental topics.
The day included; Discussion on the importance of the Reserve (an endangered ecological community – Box Gum Grassy Woodland) with Wendy Hawes of The Envirofactor; Inverell Bird Watchers – Bert and Janet Makepeace, Boomerang painting with Border-Rivers Gwydir Catchment Management Authority; Why and how to worm farm with Roger Abbott of BEST Employment; Weeds with David Nixon of Glen Innes Shire Council, Food security with Jenny Cracknell of Inverell Community garden, and Wildlife and feral animals with Koen from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Lesley Beattie – Inverell Public School said
“Thanks again for a great day. The kids had a wonderful time and have come back very inspired”
Parent – Ross Hill School student
“... the experience was fantastic. The amount of info that [my son] has retained is great. I really appreciate the initiative. And he liked the sausage sanga too! Thanks so much, it is appreciated by us parents. Hopefully these kids will take some care with their environment.”
“It was a freezing cold day, but the CWA ladies warmed us all with a wonderful morning tea and lunch” said Sarah Priest – Landcare Coordinator with Gwymac Inc. “it was fantastic to be able to invite so many schools and kids along for the day” she said.
Residents will soon notice action in and around the reserve. The fence has been erected and woody weed control has begun. A walking path will soon be installed along with signs.
Nesting boxes for a diversity of animals will be installed and cat trapping will also be undertaken in the near future at the Reserve to reduce the feral and stray cat population decimating wildlife in the area.
In order to protect your feline friends, please ensure they have been micro-chipped so that if trapped they may be returned home safe and sound.