Students from Mt St Patrick College's environment group planting 300 trees as part of the Koala Connections project last Friday.
Students from Mt St Patrick College's environment group planting 300 trees as part of the Koala Connections project last Friday. Contributed

Students get their hands dirty to help koalas

TALKING about koala conservation wasn't enough for the Mt St Patrick College environmental group.

After learning about Tweed Shire Council's Koala Connections, the students were keen to do something hands-on to help out the Tweed's koala population.

"The kids really formed a desire to get out and do something," the school's environmental group facilitator Chris Core said.

"They understand that loss of habitat is a problem for koalas.

"I do feel it's a very worthwhile project."

Last Friday, 21 students from grades eight to 12 planted 300 trees in Cudgen Nature Reserve.

Tweed Shire Council's Koala Connections project manager Scott Hetherington said the students planted the trees, complete with tree mats and tree guards, in just two hours.

"Having the group contribute to this site was very enjoyable and rewarding and a great extension to the existing partnership underway at the site between Council, National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Cudgen Nature Reserve," Mr Hetherington said.

"Many of the students discussed their interest in future study and careers in natural resource management which is a fantastic opportunity for the Tweed."

Mr Core said six of the students involved were grade 12 boys, who were on a study break at the time.

He said the group then made a day of it and met with Cabarita Dunecare.

"There, they learnt about the restoration work at Norries Headland and more than 100 native plants were planted.



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