Environmental Education 2017
Congratulations to the 2017 State Winner for Environmental Education
Preston Beach - FRAGYLE
State Finalists for the 2017 Environmental Education Award are:
Preston Beach - FRAGYLE
Protecting the Yalgorup Lake System
Formed in 2006, The ‘Friends of the Action Group for the Yalgorup Lakes Environment’ (FRAGYLE) group are committed to educating people about the uniqueness and importance of the Yalgorup Lake System.
Education signboards, funded by Lotteries West and Waroona Council were erected around the lakes including at the beach, Lake Preston and the bird lookout on North Lake Preston. The signs provide vital information on the importance of the wetlands and the unique flora and fauna found in this area.
FRAGYLE developed booklets, “Yalgorup, an Environmental, Educational and Recreational Park’ and ‘Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People’ . Volunteers have given presentations at the Worlds Wetlands Conference, and the Worlds Parks Congress, presented to local councils, Federal Ministers, State Members of Parliament, Primary Schools and Rotary Clubs. Volunteers give guided walks, hold information seminars and workshops.
Jurien Bay District High School Science Week 2016
As part of National Science Week Jurien Bay District High School hosted events with the theme of 'Our Beach, Our Ocean, Our Future' highlighting coastline threats and impact mitigation.
Primary students participated in a poster competition and secondary school students produced a variety of interactive displays and exhibitions. Students also collected sand samples for a national micro-plastics analysis organised by representatives from Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA) and University of Western Australia (UWA). The sand samples were analysed for plastic content by the students through the use of an elution tube.
Through a Quick Step grant, the Northern Agriculture Catchment Council supported CCWA and UWA representatives to attend and provide talks related to sustaining oceans. Approximately 150 parents came to see the displays and exhibitions.
With the donation of a transportable classroom by the Goldfields Institute of Technology and a Royalties for Regions Grant, the installation of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group’s (KBULG) new Eco & Cultural Education Centre has been completed, along with extensive modifications to existing nursery facilities to provide disability access and new toilet facilities.
KBULG is in an excellent position for the development of innovative educational resources across the Goldfields. Their new venue now hosts the new Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management Course, enabling students to gain hands-on experience with all aspects of nursery work and park management.
Trash 2 Treasure - Recycling the Recycled
The CRC and volunteers project called ‘Recycling the Recycled’ where donated goods from the ‘Trash 2 Treasure’ yard, which cannot be sold, are being used creatively for arts and crafts. A particularly successful activity has been the use of broken crockery for mosaicing.
Mosaicing workshops have been popular and are also aimed to educate children about the importance of recycling and reducing waste going to landfill.
Waste Education Initiatives
Margaret River's new Waste Education officer implemented a number of waste education initiatives. Shire officers were encouraged to lead by example with in-house initiatives such as a keep cup library, staff worm farm, veggie garden and adopt-a-spot cleanups.
Other initiatives are waste education displays, a bi-monthly newsletter dedicated to waste issues and education, community web page which encourages community members to ask questions and comment on issues, waste themed education events such as composting demonstrations.
The movie night screening of the educational documentary, ‘Just Eat it, a food waste story’ was attended by 136 people and was a wonderful way to educate the community on how to be wise with their food waste.This was organised in partnership with Transition Margaret River and was a 100 percent waste free event.
Litter and tourists
Walpole is a small town of 500 permanent residents visited by up to 250,000 tourists annually. Walpole residents continue to implement new initiatives to encourage tourists to visit and to keep the area pristine and free of litter.
A converted trailer for tourists to dispose of their rubbish and recycle is now situated in the long bay car park. This reduces the risk of overloaded local bins, encourages tourists to use the facilities and reduces the risk of littering.