Students join in planting day to revive site
STUDENTS across Ipswich are developing their green thumbs while having fun as part of a new community regeneration program.
Riverview State School began the program at New Chum yesterday with keen students planting native and indigenous vegetation to help improve environmental health in the area.
Riverview State School Principal Neil Randall was enthusiastic about his students' participation, labelling the program a perfect fit with their current science studies.
"Our year 2a students are studying how living things change as they grow, as part of their science unit this term," Mr Randall said.
"So this excursion offers them a unique hands-on experience and an excellent chance to appreciate the value of community and understand how they can make a difference to the environment."
Recycling, waste management and industrial services company Transpacific joined Greening Australia to co-host the first of three annual planting events involving Ipswich students.
Transpacific Stakeholder and Community Engagement Officer Olga Ghiri said the plantings were part of a regeneration program to protect local flora and fauna species.
"The students helped add 200 new plants to the area, they were really excited about it and we were too," she said.
"It's encouraging so see so many excited students doing something that will really benefit the broader community for years to come.
"Along with future cohorts, they will help us create a vegetation corridor link with the adjacent Six Mile Creek and enhance its environmental values."
As part of Transpacific's ongoing commitment to rehabilitate its New Chum site, the company commissioned Greening Australia to perform an ecological assessment of the Green Zone.
Endangered, vulnerable and threatened flora species were identified and this information was used to help guide and educate students at the planting day.