Warringine Park- 60,000 years in the making; final farewell for 2018
Jacks Beach Reserve at the southern end of the Park is the perfect place to learn all about the flora, fauna and indigenous connection to the land in Warringine Park. European settlement changed the landscape into farm land until about 30 years ago. Since then it has slowly been returning to something like its original habitat, with salt marshes, mangroves, melaleucas and eucalypts.
The Ambassadors learned about the native frogs of the area, native animals and some of the pests that the rangers have to deal with; which plants were weeds and how to successfully remove them – and the indigenous heritage and healing nature of the land.
After working in this reserve for 8 years with the Ambassadors, the path down to the foreshore is now almost completely clear of weeds, all due to the work of the kids.
Congratulations to all Ambassadors for an amazing year of hard work and real achievements in your school communities. Well done to the following award winners
Ambassador Winners – Nathan Vu (St Justins), Keely Butcher (St Augustines)
School Winners – Stella Maris and Kunyung
School Highly Commended – Woodlands
Fundraiser – Park Ridge
Outstanding Contribution – Glen Jepson (Kunyung) and Ebony Jenkin (St Josephs, Crib Point)
Outstanding Parent – Kat Watt (St Judes, Scoresby) and Kylie Connelly (Lysterfield).
Many thanks to Gerard, Hannah and Anthony from Mornington Peninsula Shire, and Lionel Launch from Living Culture, for their wonderful knowledge and enthusiasm.