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Editor Greg Wayne
New facility at Barwon Heads primary
A new $395,000 multi-purpose room was officially opened at the Barwon Heads Primary School on 9 September, by Member for South Barwon, Alister Paterson.
"These new facilities will heighten the school's proud tradition of providing a quality education to local children," Alister Paterson told students, teachers, parents and special guests at the opening ceremony.
"The multi-purpose venue had benefits for both school and community. The educational community would now have a 140 square metre facility in which to gather for whole school assemblies, performing arts and physical education activities."
School principal Peter Crossett said the school intended to make the new facility also available to the wider community who could use it as a venue for presentations and community forums.
Special guests at the opening ceremony included School Council President, Michael Bjork-Billings; representing the Federal Government, Senator Tsebin Tchen; John Evans, Department of Education; Councillor Michael Crutchfield, City of Greater Geelong; Bill Hartigan MLC and IanAN Cover MLC.
School Captains Hester Kelly and Rhys Waters, told of the student input and introduced the State Government representatives.
Picture: School Principal Peter Crossett and School Captains Rhys Waters and Hester Kelly with Member for South Barwon Alister Paterson.
Students take action on dunes
from Alex Giannuzzi Marine Education Officer Marine Discovery Centre
STUDENTS from Barwon Heads and Surfside Primary Schools know how lucky they are to live along one of Victoria's most beautiful coastlines and have been working hard to ensure that the fragile dunes are protected.
The students participated in the Marine Discovery Centre's annual Sand Dune Revegetation Program funded through Coast Action and Coast Care.
During the past four weeks each school has sent enthusiastic students to spend a day 'brushmatting' and planting on the dunes. Surfside Primary School worked west of the steps on the corner of Emperor Drive and Ocean Throughway. While Barwon Heads Primary School student worked west of the steps at 30W, known as The Hole' below 13th Beach Road.
Brushmatting is the technique of laying pruned branches onto bare sand. The brush stops more sand blowing away and traps sand that is blown naturally up the dunes. A natural material, the brush will eventually break down into the sand and provide nutrients for the newly established plants.
Barwon Coast provided the brush from around the vicinity and checked for any weeds, and the indigenous plants were provided by the Friends of the Bluff.
The program offered the students a wonderful opportunity to learn about the coastal processes that shape the beach and to discover just how special the plants are that are found in the dune system. More importantly, the students rolled up their sleeves and did some hard work to care for their (and your) beach; taking action for the coast.
Experience has shown that students who participate in sand dune revegetation programs are more likely to Want to look after the coast and not become involved in activities that may damage the dunes.
If you would like information or would like to participate next year in the Sand Dune Revegetation Program, please contact Alex at the Marine Discovery Centre, Queenscliff on 5258 3344.
Picture: Kerry Kennedy Working with Polly Marshall (left) while Matthew Burke brought his mum Leanne to help out.