Walliston Primary Students get Hands-on Conservation Experience

05 April 2022 9:30 AM

Students at Walliston Primary School were treated to a visit from Simon Cherriman and Danielle Crichton from Re-cycology this term to install a cockatube, donated by the City of Kalamunda, in one of the school’s Marri trees.

The event, at which students learned about cockatoos, the impacts of deforestation, and how artificial hollows can help native fauna to establish nesting spaces, was facilitated through the City of Kalamunda’s Adopt-A-Patch program.

Walliston Primary School during a conservation experience as part of the City's Adopt-A-Patch programImage: A group of Walliston Primary School students learning about cockatoos through the City's Adopt-A-Patch Program

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

Walliston Primary School Principal, Craig Mainard said the collaboration with the City was valuable. “The cockatube is located near our schools yarning circle, which will add value to students understanding of the Noongar Six Seasons. Working with the City of Kalamunda is an important partnership for our school, as it supports our school ethos around the Walliston Way of Community, Connection and Creativity.”

Cockatubes replicate the natural breeding habitat for Carnaby’s Cockatoos and have proven a successful way to improve breeding numbers for the endangered birds.

The space near to the new nesting box is being revegetated and students will have opportunities to begin looking after the patch of bush through the City of Kalamunda’s Adopt-A-Patch program.

Find more information about this and other environmental programs here. Alternatively, please contact the City of Kalamunda on (08) 9257 9999, email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au
© City of Kalamunda 2022