Whyalla youngsters go green

HELPING OUT: A group of youngsters were happy to help out and contribute to the environment during their school holidays.

Whyalla school kids spent time getting dirty, all in the name of good cause to help their local environment.

Assisting in the revegetation of Whyalla’s hills, nine children from the Whyalla swimming team made mud clay balls, filled with native seeds, to give the area and its wildlife a healthy boost.

Eight-year-old Minette Schoeman said she enjoyed getting dirty and helping the environment.

“We spent one day getting really dirty playing with lots of muddy clay and putting seeds in the middle of the balls,” she said.

“Then we let them dry, came back and threw them into the areas that need new plants.

“It was so much fun.”

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula coast and marine officer Kate Brocklehurt said local plants were an important way to improve the health of Whyalla’s environment.

Ms Brocklehurst said local plants provided natural food and habitat sources for animals and helped them survive the city’s “harsh” weather conditions.

“What we’ve done today is part of a rehabilitation project for our hills,” she said.

“There are thousands of seeds that will now germinate as the clay balls disintegrate naturally.

“They will establish themselves over time and attract more wildlife to the area which is a benefit to everyone.”

Ms Brocklehurst said last year, Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula and Whyalla City Council undertook controlled burning of pest weeds on the hill and now the area had been given the best chance at being restored.

She said revegetation was a great way to show children how important the environment was and she was grateful for the help and support of the children who took time out of their school holidays.

“A big thank you to Nonowie Station for proving us with the special type of clay we needed and to all the kids who have spent their school holidays working hard on this project,” she said.

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