Kurri Kurri Scouts Go Bush

Scouts group become Junior Landcarers

Kurri Kurri Scouts Go Bush

Scouts group become Junior Landcarers

Building our Future -

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The issue

Kurri Kurri Scouts group took notice that their local bushland near the Hall where they meet is degraded with rubbish, weeds and garden dumpings.   Scout leaders strive to provide 'learning by doing' experiences which help to develop responsibility, characterself-reliance, self-confidence, collaboration and leadership for the youths; This was an opportunity for the Scouts to learn valuable skills while making a positive impact on the local environment, but how do they get started? 

The solution

Leanne, Scout team leader contacted the Local Landcare Coordinator who collaborated with Cessnock Cty Council weeds officers to design a project that would suit the objectives of the group. 

Scouts are adopting 'the Mound', a patch of bushland at Log of Knowledge Park in Kurri Kurri.  The size of the patch is over 2000m2 and has good connectivity with other bushland.  Scouts will earn their Landcare badge over the coming months by improving native habitat through bush regeneration and litter removal.  Once the rubbish and weeds have been reduced, strategic areas will be planted out with native tubestock and nest boxes installed to encourage hollow dwelling species to the make a home in the reserve.

Weeds such as asparagus fern, lantana, tecoma, ochna and garden escapees such as african daisy, african violet, as well as some native plants were introduced to the students.  The site is special because of the vegetation- Lower Hunter Spotted Gum Ironbark Endangered Ecological Community that it contains and the native fauna and birds it provides habitat for. 

The impact

A kick-off celebration took place on Monday 4th Feb with support from Cessnock City Council weeds officers, Cessnock City Council Mayor, and Local Landcare coordinator from Hunter Region Landcare Network.

Weed identification and treatment skills were taught and all the materials necessary to get started were provided.  The students tested out the mini mattocks, secateurs, and learned correct WHS procedures including wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.  This is the start of a great working relationship betweeen the organisations with ongoing support to be provided for the group. 

Key facts

  • 8 bags of rubbish collected in first session
  • Community and environment to benefit from the action taken
  • Scouts to earn their Landcare badge
  • Collaboration made the project happen

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