Weed alert!

About this time last year, local botanist Jackie Miles alerted us to the presence of the weed Coreopsis lanceolata on Sapphire Coast Drive.

A weed species

Photo: Bournda EEC

Coreopsis lanceolata

Photo: J.Miles

Jackie wrote:

“This is a pushy weed (eg round Ulladulla and Jervis Bay where it runs amok on roadsides on sandy soils). There was a single local infestation round the swimming pool at Pambula Beach some years ago, which Council, to their credit, seem to have dealt with pretty effectively (not noxious, so they would have got no funding to do it).  There used to be an odd plant crop up along Sapphire Coast Drive, but this is the first one I’ve noticed for quite some time.”

We pulled out a clump this morning so keep on the alert for any popping up in your area.  After the recent rain they are quite easy to pull out.

Go MAD Bega High School!

A wonderful example of how students and teachers are taking the lead in the “War on Waste”.  Julie Donne, the Bournda EEC Canberra Region Joint Organisations (CBRJO) Waste Education Project Officer, has been working with Bega High School on a GoMAD project (Go Make a Difference) and they have really have taken their campaign to the streets. Check out this update in the Bega District News!

The CBRJO Waste Education program provides great resources to help Councils work with schools and the Bega Valley Shire Council waste team has been working closely with Jules and also developing their own programs.

TrailRider – Mission Possible!

Our mission: To get Jake from Tathra to Wallagoot Lake as part of the Bega High School Crossroads program.

Our equipment: the TrailRider which Bournda EEC purchased with support from the Department of Education, Tulgeen Disability Services and Tarra Motors.

Our test “pilot”: Right from the word go Jake was enthusiastic about the TrailRider. His positive attitude really set the tone for the day.  Have a listen to what he has to say! Talk about “The Right Stuff”.

We had a pretty special day.

Tuesday Weather

The low pressure system has moved out to sea, so all systems go for the Narooma PS visit! It will be cold so rug up against the Sou’westerly wind.

Looking forward to seeing keen National Park explorers here at Bournda!

Check the forecast


TrailRider test run!

Jake is a Year 10 student at Bega High School. Yesterday he was test pilot on the Bournda TrailRider and gave it the big thumbs up after a journey up and down stairs and across some bumpy ground!  The Year 10 students will be coming out to Bournda in November for their Crossroads program and Jake will take advantage of the TrailRider to access areas that his wheelchair wouldn’t be able to get to. A big thank you to Jake for giving us expert feedback on the set up of the TrailRider. And thanks to Mrs Harris for organising the test with Jake..

Student accessing Trailrider all terrain wheelchair

Mr Freedman (Bega HS), Jake and SLSO Catherine with the Bournda TrailRider.

On Monday Bournda EEC received a call from Dr. David Stratton who has pioneered the use of the TrailRider in Australia.  A presentation by David at the World Parks Congress in 2014 was the inspiration for us to get a TrailRider for students who come to Bournda EEC. He was thrilled to hear that we were providing this support to students in our schools and is keen to see some photos of the TrailRider in use. You can check out more about David’s inspirational story in this video.

Acknowledgements: The TrailRider was purchased with contributions from Bournda EEC, NSW Department of Education Student Services, Tulgeen and Tarra Ford.

GoMAD videoconferences

Today Bournda EEC hosted video conferences with Ulladulla High School and Moruya High School to discuss progress on their GoMAD (Go Make A Difference) projects. It was great to hear the enthusiastic ideas of students on how to make a difference to waste in their schools.

GoMAD video-conference

Julie Donne, Bournda EEC Teacher and Canberra Region Joint Organisation Waste Education Program Project Officer, discussing a GoMAD project with Ulladulla High School’s GoMAD team and teacher Gemma Smith.