College Students Help Re-Imagine Green spaces

09 May 2022 4:00 PM

The City of Kalamunda welcomed the hands on help of 120 Perth College students on Thursday, with students getting hands on in Jorgensen park working with the City of Kalamunda’s parks and Environment team and the Friends of Jorgensen park, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.

Perth College students at Jorgensen Park in May 2022

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

Perth College Principal Ms Helen Aguiar said the School is actively encouraging rich learning experiences for the School’s students to collaborate, solve problems and make a contribution to the community.

“We’re delighted that our Year 9 students, on their re-imagined camp, have been learning about Leave No Trace principles in the City of Kalamunda,” Perth College Principal Ms Helen Aguiar said.

Perth College Year 9 students are participating in a service-learning program Side by Side, designed to ensure students develop skills or understanding, working with an external partner, to resolve an important challenge or issue.

The idea of Side by Side is for a two-way learning experience between students and a community partner attempting to address a real-world problem.

Working with the City of Kalamunda to remove weeds as part of our learning about Leave No Trace principles is an example of this, Ms Aguiar said.

Jorgensen Park is a large (ca. 399,064m2) multi use park located on Crescent Road, Kalamunda. Historically it was at various times a timber reserve, orchard and golf course until it was vested in the local government during the 1970s for public use as a parks and recreation facility.

The Park is now managed jointly by the City of Kalamunda and the Friends of Jorgensen Park, who undertake weed control, restoration plantings, control of Phytophthora Dieback and community education activities.

As well as the important recreation and social values present in Jorgensen Park, the natural values of the area are regionally significant and are the main drawcard for visitors from the local area and wider community.

The Friends of Jorgensen Park meet on the first Sunday of each month from March to November. Meeting times may vary each month so if you would like to attend please call the City of Kalamunda.  Find more information about our Friends Group here, alternatively please contact the City on (08) 9257 9999 or email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

 

© City of Kalamunda 2022