Habitat Funding BCC students at the Mercy Campus will soon be even more involved in the revegetation of the bushland at the campus and the building and maintaining of a food garden, thanks to a grant from the City of Bunbury.
According to Sustainability Coordinator, Ms Kelli Schmitt, “The students will be shown how to collect seed, be trained in the germination of natives and safety in the bush. We are hoping to instill in them a sense of caring for country. The food garden will be used to show students how to grow their own food and taste fresh grown produce.”The Habitat Bunbury grant from the City of Bunbury will be used to purchase equipment to enable the students to be involved in the different sustainability projects at the Mercy Campus. Safety vests and planting equipment (see above) will be used by the students to safely work in the surrounding bushland of the campus. Nesting boxes for bats, owls, native bees and possums will be used to provide safe habitats for the local fauna and monitoring equipment will be used by the students to gauge if the animal numbers are increasing. Local presenters will come and talk with the students about the importance of looking after their environment and the role they can take in caring for country.
The grant received by the City of Bunbury is part of the overall planning of a Sustainability Cultural Centre at BCC’s Mercy Campus, ‘The Wanju Centre’. The Centre will be used to facilitate student involvement in the re-vegetation works at the campus, educate the school community on the importance of sustainability and the connection to Noongar culture and their role in influencing their environment. The Centre and the sustainability projects will have a focus on Noongar cultural learning and used to promote Noongar culture and its connection to caring for country.