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Regional Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards

IMG_5130 IMG_5131 IMG_5132Collecting Rubbish at Etiwanda Wetlands Installing a seat at Johnson's Bend Ladybugs made out of recycled materials Recyled robot Rubbish Free Wednesday Tree planting at Johnson's BendCongratulations Mildura West PS for being the regional winner. Good luck in the State awards on 25th November in Horsham!IMG_4572IMG_5113 IMG_5150

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Voices of the Children – Special Forever

Congratulations Imogen! Imogen was selected to represent MWPS at the Opening of Voices of the Children Special Forever!

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Off to Lake Ranfurly to make a difference!

Thank you 4/5K for making Lake Ranfurly a much more attractive place to visit after you have taken away all the rubbish! DSC07039DSC07024 DSC07041 DSC07042DSC07028DSC07030DSC07034

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Discovering the Etiwanda Wetlands!

The Etiwanda Wetlands are constructed rather than natural, in other words they are man-made. The drains from Etiwanda Avenue and San Mateo Avenue enter the Wetlands through a gross pollutant trap. [GPT]. An amazing filtering process occurs for the water to be cleaned and returned to the Murray River. Thank you to Bonnie from MRCC for a very informative excursion!

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Posters with symbolism!

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Check out the Water Week Posters from 4/5K

DSC06504 DSC06569ATLANTA MEMERY  Jasmine (1)I wonder what the stories are behind these Water Week posters? What inspired your poster?

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Lake Ranfurly and seed dispersal

DSC06521 DSC06522 DSC06534 DSC06544 DSC06549 DSC065595P capably re-vegetated Lake Ranfurly. There has been so much off track driving and therefore it was easy to find places to re-vegetate using seed dispersal.

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Keep Victoria Beautiful Judge comes to Mildura West

Thank you to our very enthusiastic team of Year 5 and 6 students for convincing the Keep Victoria Beautiful Judge, Ron Williamson, that we have a wonderful community project with Mildura Rural City Council. The Judge commented that our students were very articulate and passionate about their class taking environmental actions. He was amazed by the students’ ability to respond to his questions in great depth and thoroughly enjoyed his time with us. We visited the sites we have had the biggest impact on during the last 12 months: Lake Ranfurly, Johnson’s Bend, the Etiwanda Wetlands and the Mildura Ski Club. Later in October we will find out overall how the Mildura entry involving 8 projects go in the KVB Tidy Towns Awards in Horsham.

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Seed dispersal and then it rained!

DSC06386 DSC06385 DSC06368 DSC06366 DSC06363 DSC06361 DSC06359 DSC06358Hamayan: We have been learning about seed dispersal, another way to revegetate. We take a mixture of native seed indigenous to Lake Ranfurly.

Jai: We mix it with soil. Then we find an area that is a bare patch, rake it and then scatter the seed mixture.

Ty: We gently cover the seed with soil and find some natural litter to put on top such as twigs or leaves. Then we hope it rains to geminate the seed!

 

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Johnson’s Bend looks so much better

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On Thursday 27th July the Sustainability Ambassadors planted 80 trees/plants for National Community Tree Planting Day at Johnson’s Bend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The native species included:

  • Black Box – Eucalyptus largiflorens
  • River Red Gum – Eucalyptus camaldulensis
  • River Coobah – Acacia stenophylla 
  • Pig Face – Crassifolium
  • Creeping Boobialla – Myoporum parvifolium .

 

 

 

The area re-vegetated has had a lot of off road driving and now with the tees and bollards in place this will be a very nice place visit. Thanks too, to our MRCC Team Nardia, Jo and Tina for all the preparation behind the scenes to make the planting a success.

 

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Lake Ranfurly

Next week 6CR will be going to Lake Ranfurly to re-vegetate using seed dispersal.

Background

Lake Ranfurly used to be a freshwater lake, surrounded by trees and is now a degraded saline drainage basin as a result of human activities including illegal dumping of waste, discharge of pollution, saline water from the Salt Interception Scheme, urban and irrigation run-off and historic use as a sewerage disposal.

Threatened Species

Lake Ranfurly is still important for birds including migratory waders as well as resident terrestrial species, although the quality of habitat.

A total of 101 bird species have been recorded including threatened species such as Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) and Black Falcon (Falco subniger).

Under Victorias Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 the threatened Eastern Hooded Scaly-foot (Pygopus schraden), Kneed Swainson-pea (Swainsona reticulta), Eastern Great –egret (Ardea modesta) and White –bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) are protected with Action Statements.

Threats

  • Pest Plants
  • Pest Animals
  • Off track driving and too many tracks
  • Illegal dumping of rubbish
  • Encroachment from surrounding landowners
  • Quality of water
  • Utility construction and maintenance
  • Lack of co-ordinated Land Ownership and Strategic Planning
  • Inadequate management of threatened flora/fauna populations

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Hands Up Data and the Walking School Bus

The Hands Up Data was collected on Thursday 27th

61 Bike/scooter/skateboard/rip stick

86 Walking and Walking Bus

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183 Private car

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Off to Johnson’s Bend to re-vegetate!

5OH Team Re-vegetation Team

James: Recent flooding to this area at Johnson’s Bend had wiped out all the vegetation that our school had previously planted. We planted 130 trees here.

Miriam: Off road driving was happening – this is where people just drive anywhere and crush any native plant life that is growing.

Summer: Installing the bollards close together has stopped at least one entry point for cars. The soil was compacted in certain areas and hard to plant caused by off track vehicles

Heidi: We have made this area more attractive for people to visit. MRCC Tina Grasser looks after the trees and makes sure they are watered to improve their survival rate.DSC06222 DSC06223 DSC06225 DSC06229 DSC06230 DSC06236 DSC06242 DSC06244 DSC06256

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Invitation accepted to re-vegetate the Mildura Ski Club!

DSC06147 DSC06153 DSC06158 DSC06160 DSC06170 DSC06186We were privileged to be asked to the Mildura Ski Club and be involved in another area of Mildura to make it environmentally friendly for visitors to Mildura and the members of the Mildura Ski Club.

Ski Club: 5OH students

Summer: We were invited to re-vegetate a section of the Mildura Ski Club. Our class all participated to improve this area

Miriam: The Ski Club donated part of the carpark back to nature to prevent erosion and stop people parking just anywhere.

James: Our class worked hard planting 130 trees to make this area look great.

Heidi: The more care we took planning the trees the better chance they have of survival.

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Learning how to increase the life of the Landfill!

DSC05694Year 4/5K were given some great tips on how they can increase the life of the landfill by doing heaps of recycling. They were also given some advice about tying the tops of the plastic bags we put in our rubbish bins for kerbside collection. Thank you for being such a respectful team, a pleasure to take you all out as ambassadors for Mildura West!

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