Innisfail school planting the seed for catchment rejuvenation

Published: 05/08/2014

Innisfail State College students are giving their local environment a helping hand by propagating native tree seeds and planting trees.

This hands-on project is part of their activities under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) environmental education program, Reef Guardian Schools.

GBRMPA Far Northern Region liaison officer Phil Laycock said the project was a great example of Reef Guardian students combining resources for the benefit of the local environment.

“Restoring and improving local river banks is important to reducing erosion and improving the local catchment water quality that flows out to the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.

With the support and advice from Johnstone River Landcare, students collected seeds from trees in the riparian areas close to the school and grew seedlings to an early stage.

Students recently planted their first collected seeds as well as seedlings donated to the school by Johnstone River Landcare.

By planting along the banks of Johnstone River, they have been able to connect two riparian areas previously completed by the Innisfail Community Garden and the Innisfail TAFE.

As well as rehabilitating the river bank, the trees will also provide students with a seed bank from which they can collect seeds in the future to increase the output of the seed propagation project.

Reef Guardians Cassowary Coast Regional Council are also providing assistance to the school to help support this project.

The project looks certain to expand, with students already offering local Reef Guardian farmer Mark Darveniza trees for wetland and riparian rehabilitation projects on his farm.

The college hopes to involve local Reef Guardian primary school students in caring for younger seedlings so they grow out to stages of maturity before being planted.


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