21st December 2015
Nagle College has been successful with an application for an East Gippsland Community Grant through the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. The grant of $12,000 will be used to further develop and enhance the Nagle College Rainforest Project. This project, which is a cross curricular school project, aims to re-instate and maintain previously existing and now threatened vegetation communities across the six acre site adjoining the Mitchell River.
Mrs Andrea Savage, co-ordinator of the project, together with 2016 Environment Captains Taylah Jager and Justice Moorland, were on hand to welcome Mr Darren Chester when he visited the site on 17 December to congratulate Andrea on her successful application. Mr Chester was joined by three representatives from EGCMA - Mr Brett Millington (Acting CEO, EGCMA), Ms Becky Hemming (Program Manager, EGCMA) and Ms Amanda Bartkowski (EG Regional Landcare Coordinator) - who took a stroll along the Rainforest Track to see for themselves the work that has already been completed by a range of students and classes, including the Year 9 Eco Warriors, Year 11 Biology classes, Year 7 Ecology classes as well as VCAL and VET students.
The grant will assist with continued works on the Rainforest Project, including:
- Continued planting and propagation by students of the Rainforest species in the Warm Temperate Rainforest, Gallery Rainforest and Red Gum Plains Grassy woodland project sites;
- Contract weed control of the existing new vegetation zones and site preparation for further planting;
- Propagation by students of the species required to provide seedlings but importantly to build the knowledge and biodiversity, connectivity in the landscape, and catchment water quality improvement techniques;
- Monotoring by students of pest plant and animal species, and the health and diversity of native plants and animal species on site.