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Schools plant for a better future

Local school students planted more than 400 trees at Native Dog Swamp on National School Tree Planting Day last week.

Pupils from Berrigan Public, St Columba’s Catholic Primary, Savernake Public and Cobram and District Specialist schools took part in the day.

Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre organised and ran the event with funding from Murray Local Land Services and the Australian Government. Event organiser, Owen Dunlop, described the day as a great success.

“The kids got their hands dirty planting trees and learnt about the importance of trees in the ecosystem, including how they provide really important habitat for native animals,” he said.

Native Dog Swamp is an active travelling stock reserve that is also being managed to improve the capacity of the wetland to store carbon and improve local biodiversity, and to allow for recreational activities like bird watching.

The swamp area consists of a shallow marshy wetland that supports a whole range of native animals when wet and dry, including brolgas, banjo frogs, and freckled ducks.

This site is part of the Murray Wetland Carbon Storage project – a partnership between Murray Local Land Services and the Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group, funded by the Australian Government.

Wetland Carbon Project Manager, Helen Waudby, hopes that local schools and the community will be able to enjoy the site and the wildlife it attracts.

“We encourage community members to visit the site and use the newly-installed facilities, including the bird hide,” she said.

“Native Dog Swamp is a great location for bird-watching with species like brolga turning up at this time of the year.”

For more information, head to the Riverspace website by clicking here.

Events were held across Australia for National Tree Planting Day. For more information on National Tree Planting Day, click here to visit the website

For more information, contact Helen Waudby, Senior Land Services Officer on (02) 6051 2234,