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Perth College students at Jorgenson Park
Perth College students Charlotte Giffard and Ruby-Jane de Assis carry out weed control at Jorgenson Park.

Park conservation mission

STUDENTS from an inner-city high school recently tidied up a spot in the hills best known for its stunning valley views and dog-friendly trails.

The City of Kalamunda welcomed the hands-on help of 120 Perth College students who undertook conservation duties at Jorgenson Park last Friday.

The Year 9 students worked alongside the Friends of Jorgenson Park to carry out an environmental clean-up, including weed control as part of their service program Side by Side.

During the program students participated in a workshop on the seven principles to minimise environmental impact when visiting natural areas, known as Leave No Trace principles.

“The idea of Side by Side is for a two-way learning experience between students and a community partner attempting to address a real-world problem,” principal Helen Aguiar said.

“Working with the City to remove weeds as part of our learning about Leave No Trace principles is an example of this.”

Jorgenson Park is managed jointly by the City and the Friends of Jorgenson Park who undertake weed control, restoration plantings, control of phytophthora dieback and community education activities.

Mayor Margaret Thomas said that educating younger generations about conservation is key to ensuring a greener future for everyone.

“At the City of Kalamunda, we pride ourselves on our pristine environment and we have made a commitment to the protection of local biodiversity and conservation wherever possible,” she said.

“What better way to do that than to facilitate high quality, hands-on education experiences for our children.”

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