Bush a classroom for students

Harrison Jessett (15), Chloe Dunne (13), DJ Balinski (14) were hard at work preserving the bushland near the school.
Harrison Jessett (15), Chloe Dunne (13), DJ Balinski (14) were hard at work preserving the bushland near the school.

The school has been controlling invasive weeds in surrounding remnant bushland since 2001, recently receiving a $5060 Department of Parks and Wildlife grant to continue this and implement a three-year regeneration program.

Students will grow native plants from seeds collected in the bushland using a shade-house funded last year by the City of Joondalup.

Co-principal Jane Coffey said the school was committed to environmental education and preserving the bushland. ‘The amount of exotic grass weeds reduces the amount of native plant regeneration,’ she said.

‘A prescribed burn in 2013 reduced the fuel load and will encourage native plant regeneration, particularly exotic grasses.

‘Spraying to control weeds will increase the biodiversity of the bushland and will increase habitat and food sources for native fauna.’

Sixteen community groups received Perth Banksia Woodland Community Restoration grants to help manage and conserve important bushland.

The Friends of Hepburn and Pinnaroo Bushland received $18,540 to control weeds in the Hepburn Heights Conservation Area.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said projects would help to reverse the loss of habitat of native birds and animals, such as the endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoo.