Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
STUDENTS at Weld Square Primary School had the chance to learn more about their local environment – and their impact on it – with two activity days recently.

Under the banner of environmental education network Ribbons of Blue, presenters from the City of Bayswater, Swan River Trust and the South East Regional Centre of Urban Landcare (SERCUL) spoke to students to increase their awareness about local waterways and native bushland.

City of Bayswater Bushcare Officer Greg Shanhun took students through Weld Square bushland, explaining various facts about native plants while highlighting five species of local banksia and a variety of local fungi.

They also learnt about the importance of waterways from City of Bayswater Water Quality Projects Officer Rebecca Gunner, as she explained that drain water, and any contaminants, ultimately ended up in river systems.

An interactive Ribbons of Blue 3D model showed students how water moves through catchment areas and a stormwater game showed them the cycle of water from the sky into various waterways.

The Weld Square pupils also discovered more about the secret life of frogs from SERCUL and painted river-friendly messages on local stormwater drains, reminding people to keep pollutants out of them.

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon described the activity days as an important way of showing young people how they can have an impact on the environment, both positive and negative.

“It was a way for the Weld Square students to connect with their local bushland and creek environments and to look at how they contribute to the health of these areas,” he said.

“Trees, shrubs and other plants are integral to all ecosystems, as are our various waterways.

“Events such as this help to deliver an understanding that communities are vital in changing attitudes towards environmental issues and education at an early age is an important element of this.

“At the end of the activities, students were asked to make a pledge and promise to do something to help the river system.”

More information about Ribbons of Blue is available at

bushtalk1: Year 7 students Maina Munkombwe and Vaso Parissi learn more about a banksia flower from City of Bayswater Bushcare Officer Greg Shanhun.

bushtalk2: City of Bayswater Bushcare Officer Greg Shanhun explains the life cycle of banksia flowers to Year 7 student Vaso Parissi at Weld Square Primary School.

bushtalk3: Year 7 students learn more about waterways from City of Bayswater Water Quality Projects Officer Rebecca Gunner.

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The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
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