New lease on life for Dominic College creek

DOMINIC College’s creek received a new lease on life recently when more than 70 of its year six students teamed up with volunteers from the Understorey Network to revitalise the area.

The Creek Rehabilitation Project formed part of the school’s ongoing year six science program, which began two-years-ago.

The program saw about 300 native plants carefully planted on the banks of the school creek, with all the essentials required for their best chance of survival.

Now, each year, volunteers help a new group of year six students with weeding, mulching, clearing, cage making and re-caging the plants.

Dominic College year six student Samuel Cox said he liked caring for the plants along the creek and weeding.

“It looks so much better than it did before and now everything can grow better,” he said.

Melanie Conomikes, from the Understorey Network, said the Dominic College students had completed some “impressive” work.

“The students were all definitely ‘environmental warriors’ and should be very proud of the important environmental difference they are making,” she said.

The Understorey Network Nursery, located in Tolosa Park, sells native plants for homeowners, councils and environmental projects.

“We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help grow plants,” Ms Conomikes said.

For more information about the Understorey Network or for volunteering opportunities, email understorey@cva.org.au.

Caption: Understorey volunteers and Dominic College year six students rehabilitate the school creek.