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Bunnings and Shepparton High School join forces for Landcare

Friday 12 November, 2010
The sound of hammers could be heard recently from the DIY Workshop in Shepparton Bunnings as year 10 and 11 students from Shepparton High School built nest boxes for Landcare in support of threatened species. 

The sound of hammers could be heard recently from the DIY Workshop in Shepparton Bunnings as year 10 and 11 students from Shepparton High School built nest boxes for Landcare in support of threatened species. 

Coordinated by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s Corporate Landcare Coordinator Ms Karen Brisbane, the students were able to come to the Shepparton Bunnings store and build the nest boxes as part of their school’s Duke of Edinburgh Award and year 11 VCAL for community work related skills. 

“The Shepparton High School students were fantastic and very productive” said Ms Brisbane “it is such a win-win for all involved. We now have nest boxes for some of our threatened species in the region, such as the Squirrel Glider and the Brush-tailed phascogale”

The students relished the experience as well. “It was great to be able to get some hands on work experience and know you have produced something that helps the animals and provides them with a home.” said Shepparton High School student Nathan King. 

“We are so proud of our students and their achievements here at Bunnings today. We hope to be able to run similar programs into the future. It was such a positive experience.” said Shepparton High School program coordinator Barbara Penniceard. 

Bunnings were so impressed with the students’ enthusiasm that they would like to see this program continue. 

“The program is terrific” said Bunnings staff member Trudi Hobbs. “It is great to be able to support with both Landcare and the Shepparton High school students. It is a win-win for all”.

To register your interest in the Landcare “Build us a (nest) box” program, please contact the Karen Brisbane at the Goulburn Broken CMA on (03) 5820 1100 or via email at karenb@gbcma.vic.gov.au.