The Koo Wee Rup Secondary College Sustainability Action Group was established in 2018 and has grown to approximately 80 students across all year levels. These students are passionate about the sustainability of the College, with a focus on cleaning, conserving, protecting, and reviving our College’s environmental wellbeing.
As a collective we aim to reduce landfill by educating students in using a variety of bins to help sort out waste throughout the college. They are colour coded and are located all throughout the school to help assist in the reduction of our college waste to landfill:
- Blue – Paper and Cardboard
- Green – Aluminium Cans
- Yellow – Plastic Bottles, Metal Lids, Newspaper, All packaging with a Recyclable Label
- White – Compostable Waste
A major focus for our Sustainability Group has been the creation of our wetlands area behind the tennis courts. 2 years ago this area was neglected and overgrown, until our vision came to light. From the initial planning stage to the removal of sheds and weeds, to the importation of rocks and indigenous plants. This once forgotten area has become the talking point of the school.
In collaboration with Westernport Swamp Landcare, an environmental organisation who helps preserve environments and reduce impact of public use, we have been able to build and create a fully thriving ecosystem with different species of native indigenous grasses, plants, and shrubs within the wetlands area.
Over the past year this area has been maintained and cared for by our students. Our wetlands area has adapted to protect the native endangered species of the Growling Grass Frog. In addition we have positively identified 3 other species of frog, as well as the area being home to two turtles, Agent X and Turtle Man. Passionate volunteers come every Friday lunch to help out by pulling out any weeds to help maintain the area. Recently the wetlands area was renamed ‘Tiddalik,’ the word originating from the Indigenous Bunurong Tribes, which identifies with the well known Dream Time story regarding the Giant Frog.