By Morgan de Smidt
KALAMUNDA students dedicated to the preservation of local bushland have been rewarded for their hard work.
The City of Kalamunda held a graduation ceremony at the Zig Zag Cultural Centre last week to recognise the work of the Kalamunda Secondary Education Support Centre Duke of Edinburgh International Award Australia recipients.
The City of Kalamunda led 15 excursions educating students on the construction of the new bike trail through the reserve, native animals, the impact of weeds, revegetation, and planting.
Mayor Margaret Thomas said the City’s aim was not only to teach students about the bushland but to instill values and principals they can utilize in all aspects of their lives.
“Our vision for Adopt-a-Patch is for the City of Kalamunda to continue to partner with local schools to educate and empower our youth, to grow in them a love for their environment and to provide them the opportunity to act responsibly as thoughtful citizens, volunteers and stewards of our bushland,” she said.
This year students completed more than 150 hours of service managing 7.5 hectares of the Railway Heritage Trail Reserve, working to clean it up, undertake path maintenance, weed removal and revegetation maintenance.
“A number of community members assisted us, volunteering their time to teach their expert subjects, and I would like to thank all of you very much,” Cr Thomas added.
“Well done to all staff at the school for their commitment to excellence and to empowering young people.”
The City has partnered with the Secondary Education Support Centre for the past five years to deliver the program.