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Brisbane Boys' College - Key players in Community Environmental Program

Students at Brisbane Boys’ College are playing a positive role in the environmental arena, by participating in a vegetation and habitat rehabilitation program at the Oxley Golf Complex.

In partnership with the Oxley Creek Catchment Association (OCCA), SEQ Catchments and the Oxley Golf Complex, the students will assist in the rehabilitation along a 2 km stretch of Oxley Creek’s western bank.

Miriam Nyrene, Partnerships Manager, with the Oxley Creek Catchment Association says she is pleased that the younger generation are showing such an interest in the environment.

“It has been a pleasure for Oxley Creek Catchment Association staff to work alongside the students from Brisbane Boys’ College on our joint restoration project in the riparian habitat of Oxley Creek in Corinda.”

“To immerse the students in a project that will benefit the health of Oxley Creek, and in turn Brisbane River and Moreton Bay, will positively influence their attitudes to their local environment.”

“Through testing the water quality, mattocking out weeds, bagging grass flowers and observing the wildlife of Oxley Creek, these will be days the students remember for a life time,” Ms Nyrene said.

Year 7 BBC student, Lachlan Macansh has an interest in the environment and is excited about the work he is undertaking.

“I like being outdoors and enjoy the hands on work, I find it really interesting and am glad that I am part of this.”

“It is not something I have done before and I really look forward to seeing the difference once we are finished,” Lachlan said.

BBC’s Sustainability Officer Dominic Piacun is pleased the College is involved in the project.

“This project is a fantastic way to provide strong ongoing links to sustainability within the College’s curriculum and gets our students outside of the classroom and at the same time, doing something that benefits themselves, the school and the local community.”

“Over time we will get different year groups and different subject areas involved, so just imagine the impact of students coming back in the future to see the benefits of their work.”

The students are learning practical skills including water quality monitoring and weeding of the creek area continuing throughout 2014.