MBS staff member Kirsi Kauhanen recently assisted Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School (BCGS) with their BCGS Impact Week project for their Year 7 to 9 students. As part of this project Kirsi gave a talk on being an environmental scientist, assisted with a science project exploring reasons why trees may not grow well at rehabilitation sites and coordinated a student tree planting day.
The tree planting day took place in Stratham on 29 June 2017 and was undertaken in conjunction with revegetation specialist Australind Contracting. The students did a great job planting approximately 350 trees and shrubs. The rehabilitation site is part of an environmental offset committed to by BCGS in order to achieve EPBC approval to clear vegetation for a sports oval. The rehabilitation site is owned by the government and is part of the Muddy Lakes Regional Open Space. The objective of the rehabilitation is to establish habitat for the threatened Western Ringtail Possum and Black Cockatoos.
MBS has assisted BCGS in negotiating an offset agreement for the site and developed a rehabilitation plan that is now being implemented. MBS continues to undertake rehabilitation monitoring and compliance reporting for the site and also provides general environmental advice to BCGS.