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Students volunteer in Up the Creek project

STUDENTS from St Brigid’s College are getting involved with the Up the Creek community project at Lesmurdie Falls.

Six students seized the opportunity to work with Craftsman-in-Residence Pieter Baarspul who has installed a uniquely designed seat along with rustic railings over the creek at Upper Lesmurdie Falls.

The project, which has been running all year, has seen a host of upgrades to the site including the construct- ion of pathways and the planting of thousands of indigenous flora.

St Brigid’s teacher Mark Sills said the project was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to be part of the redevelopment of the iconic site.

“The project allowed us to see how involvement with community groups can really make a difference to our local environment and we are looking forward to enjoying the view from the new seat” he said.

Rotary Club of Kalamunda spokesman Ric Sugars said the club had donated $120,000 towards the project as well as hands-on labour.

“Our club has supported the walk-trail which is now in place as well as a contribution towards the bridges spanning the creek which is now in full flood,” he said.

“We are proud to be involved with a project which has attracted so much volunteer time on the site and we encourage residents as well as visitors to visit the area and see the fruits of our labour in rejuvenating such a beautiful site.”

Up the Creek is a joint project between Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls and Lesmurdie & Districts Community Assoc. Inc.

A spokesman for the project said the response from the community to join the volunteers on the site had been extraordinary.

“It’s fantastic to now see the fruits of their labour on the site now that the wildflowers are out and visitors are taking advantage of the new facilities,” he said.

By Sarah Brookes

About Sarah Brookes

Sarah is an award-winning journalist (2016 WA Media Awards - Best Three Suburban Newspaper Stories) who has covered our Mundaring and Kalamunda editions since 2011. She went to Eastern Hills Senior High School before studying chemistry and biology at university. Staring down a microscope two years into her degree she realised a future in science wasn’t for her – journalism was. Sarah lived in Europe before re-settling in Darlington, where her family has lived for three generations, with her two children. She has worked for various government agencies and Media Monitors. Sarah is a media junkie who loves talkback radio and devours the weekend papers.

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