On 6th July, a group of 11 students accompanied by their teacher Mrs Duffy from St. George Girls High School, Sydney, were the first group of high school students to fly out to Norfolk Island to participate in Environmental Conservation with Wildmob.
The students eagerly removed invasive plants such as Morning Glory, African Olive and Coral Berry from the National Park and farmland. Native plants were re-established with plants propagated in the National Park nursery. These enthusiastic group of yr. 10 and 11 students gained first hand understanding and application of how the weather is monitored with a visit to the Bureau of Meteorology and witnessed the release of the weather balloon. A big thank you to Adam for answering all their questions.
Nicky from the Waste Management Centre provided an insight into how the garbage on Norfolk Island is separated and issues faced by any island such as Norfolk in dealing with the waste that modern society generates. The students truly appreciated the extensive discussions and finally understood how important it is for each and every one of us to make an effort to reduce our footprint on the planet, especially in vulnerable places such as on an Island where many tourists visit creating an even larger footprint of rubbish. The students will be taking home [back to Sydney] any rubbish from items that they brought with them such as empty toothpaste, shampoo bottles, lolly wrappers etc. There was a general consensus that all visitors to Norfolk Island could do the same. Many thanks to Nicky for his extensive knowledge.
Farmer Lou provided an extensive tour of his farm, educating the city girls on how fruit, vegetables and meat are grown and harvested. A real eye opener of paddock to plate. A realization of how important quarantine is to ensure that industries like this remain viable on an island. Driving home, reduce, reuse, recycle use of water and gas from effluent along with recycling of food scraps. The students really appreciated the time Farmer Lou gave out of his extremely busy day.
Mrs Duffy and the students from St George Girls high school would like to thank Marg Christian and the Norfolk Island Travel Centre for their time and effort in introducing them to Life on Norfolk Island.
A very special thanks goes to all the locals for being so friendly and accommodating during their environmental conservation week with WildMob. Another group from St George Girls High School will visit next year with WildMob to continue this vital conservation work.