It was an interactive day of learning for a group of year 11 students from Noosa Pengari Steiner School who along with teacher Peter Dick and Peregian Beach Community Association’s (PBCA) Environment Co-ordinator and Bushcare guru Rochelle
Gooch took to the dunes along Peregian Beach to weed and plant out endemic native tube stock to enhance the beach pathway at access 59 in Peregian. Rochelle said that the event was not a “token effort” with the interactive day-out part of the students ‘Coastal Management’ studies. Teacher Peter Dick (back row with the big hat) has had a long involvement with PBCA and said that the students have been keen to learn more about the practical processes involved in protecting our dunes and the habitat they support. Peter further went on to say that it was vital that the students understand that the dune system isn’t healthy and resilient by accident, rather it takes knowledge and constant work by community groups like PBCA to ensure their health. The students will be back outdoors learning to check on the tube stock leptospernums and banksia ameulas they helped plant and the regular Bushcare volunteers were delighted to see this generation personally invested in understanding our coastal ecosystem and working to protect our environment.