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Volunteering, inclusion and Landcare = fun
14 Dec 2011
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Volunteering is good for the soul, or so it is said. This may or may not be so, but it is a fact that volunteering brings you into contact with all sorts of wonderful people.  

This has been evident this year with the Basalt to Bay Landcare Network involved in some exciting people-oriented projects.

 One of the projects in partnership with Killarney Coast Care was revegetation of Orange-bellied Parrot habitat. With the help of Year 9 students from Gilson College in Taylors Hill (Melbourne) and clients of Karingal Community Living, the project took shape.

The first job was the making of seed balls with the Karingal participants enjoying getting dirty without getting into trouble for it!  It was great to see people with disabilities doing the same things, in a mainstream environment and on an equal footing, as everyone else. The Gilson College students then set to the task of planting 3,000 trees.

The seed balls were thrown about at the end of the week. The end result is an improved habitat for the Orange-bellied Parrots, awareness of people with disability for the Gilson students, feeling of acceptance and finding new interests for the Karingal clients and seeing vital Coastcare work being achieved by all while having a great time.

Gilson College comes to the Warrnambool area every year for a week to undertake community and environmental work including bird studies and habitat improvement. Anyone who thinks that our future is in poor hands should come and spend a week with these young adults. It is uplifting and inspiring.

Basalt to Bay Landcare Network is based in Warrnambool, south western Victoria and covers the Moyne and Warrnambool shires.  For further information contact the Coordinator, Michael Wright on 03 5564 2607 or email: basalttobay@gmail.com

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Comments (1)
Dion Borg Thu, 9 Aug 2012 8:46am

Great to see the young community spirit alive and well. These students need to be congretulated for a job well done and promoted to all other students.