Year Ten Wetlands Camp November 2007

An intrepid team of fourteen students, along with Mr Oman and Mr Apted, set out to achieve some significant planting of endemic indigenous species over the Wetlands camp. We had agreed that there was the main task of planting over 200 plants on the old GGS landfill site at the eastern end of Cameron Close and the Wetlands Corridor, but also we had planned particular smaller team projects to be achieved over the three day camp.

The planting of indigenous species this camp almost completes the link between the indigenous grasslands to the north of the School and the lagoon. The idea of creating a corridor of native vegetation with wildlife refuges along it was determined in 1994 and each Wetlands and Landcare camp since then has made progress towards the attainment of this goal. Several hundreds of Year Ten students have been involved over this time. One last section on the slope of the old landfill site will be planted out on the May camp next year.
The first of the smaller team projects was to set up a drip irrigation system for the plants as we have found over the years that having such a system raises the survival rate for November plantings from about 50% to 95% and is well worth the small extra cost and effort.
For the second project students chose to re-clad the bird hide near the bottom dam so that its appearance was improved. The corrugated iron cladding was removed and replaced with some milled cypress which had been stored from the trees which were felled several years ago.
The third project was the building of a giant bench seat made of large cypress timber and installed overlooking the lagoon at the eastern end of the Wetlands Project Corridor on the edge of the old GGS landfill site. The enjoyment from designing, making and installing this seat for the pleasure of future visitors to the area was clearly seen as we admired our landmark at the end of the camp.
As well as our hard work during the day we also enjoyed going to the pictures on Wednesday evening, visiting the Little River Earth Sanctuary and going spotlighting (no guns) with the Rangers. We saw Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies, Rufous bettongs, Pademelons and Spotted Quolls, all of which are endangered Australian species and which have been part of a captive breeding programme at this sanctuary, their last refuge. Their numbers have been massively reduced by foxes and cats since European settlement of Australia.
As Friday was a perfect day for it we worked hard to get our tasks completed (or most of them) so that we could enjoy an afternoon’s sailing on Mr Apted’s yacht. We enjoyed our work and our play and gained especially from the sense that we were doing something very worthwhile. If it takes seventeen trees to balance the use of a car for a year we have certainly done our bit towards Carbon neutrality.
Those on the camp were: Josh Bendat, Ed Farrell, Callum Gale, Rob Halas, Jian Jen, Anson Ma, Alex McCann, Alex Millington, Abraham Salim, Josh Sfetcopoulos, Adam Stewart, Chap Telan, Will Thompson, Namo Visudhipol, Mr Oman and Mr Apted.
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