Students learn about sustainable landcare practices

Cobar Public School Year 6 students Lexie Traynor, Brodie Mills and Charli Hodges learnt about invasive native scrubs from the Buckwaroon Catchment Landcare Group’s Lach Sullivan during their workshops at St John’s Primary School last Thursday.

The Buckwaroon Catchment Landcare Group ran a workshop last Thursday to teach Year 6 students from St John’s and Cobar Public School about local Landcare issues.

The workshops, which are now an annual event, are run by volunteer members of the Buckwaroon Catchment Landcare Group.

The group strives to adopt sustainable agricultural management practices and improve natural resource management in the Cobar area.

Their aim is to improve the condition of the land environment, the community and the local economy.

Topics covered at last week’s workshop included: resource management; malleefowls; native grasses; invasive native scrub; pests and rangeland rehabilitation.

The students also got to play an ‘Oo-roo’ game which taught them about the population growth of animals based on resource growth.

Buckwaroon member Rana Manns told The Cobar Weekly the Year 6 students are their target group as they believe they are old enough to understand the issues but still young enough to take a keen interest.

She said they have received very favourable feedback from the workshops over the past nine years that they have been running them.

“It’s important to teach the children that Landcare is not just about planting trees,” Mrs Manns said.

In addition to their small group sessions at the school, the students then got to experience first hand Landcare issues with an excursion to Nullagoola Station, 45 kilometres west of Cobar on Friday.

The students were able to see for themselves and get involved in a range of experiences such as sheep management and the use of working dogs.