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High Wycombe Primary School students learn about bush-care with Friends of Markham Reserve Group coordinator Eileen Stark.

Looking out for the High Wycombe community

A PASSIONATE advocate for environmental protection and a devoted volunteer, Eileen Stark has committed more than 30 years of service to her local community.

Ms Stark began putting her hand up to help others from a young age and since then she has strived to make a positive difference for those around her.

“I was a Girl Guide growing up and I learned to volunteer through it, that was the beginning of doing service for me,” she said.

“If someone ever needed a hand I would always help, and my parents were the same.”

When she moved to High Wycombe in 1967 and saw the demand for a playgroup in her area, she rounded up local parents to build the first kindergarten for local children.

Her proactive approach also led her to coordinating the Friends of Markham Road Reserve Group and leading vital conservation of native species including the winter bell (Blancoa canescens).

“Winter bell is disappearing at a fast rate and it is not easy to propagate because it is quite soil specific,” Ms Stark said.

“I look after the patch of it at Markham Reserve and I mostly plant black cockatoo food where I can.

“I volunteer because I enjoy sharing and educating the kids on environmental conservation.”

Last week under Ms Stark’s supervision High Wycombe Primary School students undertook an Adopt a Patch bush-care session to learn about the importance of weeding, watering and planting native seedlings.

The City of Kalamunda recently presented Ms Stark with a Senior Local Hero Award for her ongoing conservation efforts.

By Morgan de Smidt 

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