Broadening Horizons at Corner Inlet

Parks Victoria, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Birdlife Australia and Victorian Fisheries Authority joined forces this week to deliver the Broadening Horizons project for Year 8 students at Foster Secondary College.

The 2018 project will involve students focusing on the Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Park.  Students will be introduced to the environmental importance of the park and the threats facing Corner Inlet through specialist talks and field investigations.

Parks Victoria Ranger-Education and Interpretation, Kelly Vigona, said it was an exciting program that allows students to engage with staff professionally, develop their thinking and apply it in a real world context.

“This program is just as rewarding for Parks Victoria staff, as it is for the students,” said Ms Virgona

“Hopefully, as a result of participating in this program we are able to inspire the next generation to consider a career in environmental management”.

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Waterways Project Officer, Tanya Cowell, said Corner Inlet is a very important spot in the region.

“It’s fantastic to be working with local students to find solutions to some of the real threats facing Corner Inlet,” said Ms Cowell.

“We work with the Corner Inlet Partner Group to address key threats across the Corner Inlet catchment.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to engage the next generation on these issues,” continued Ms Cowell.

Students will undertake a project to research and develop a solution to one of the threats facing Corner Inlet.  The solutions will be presented to Parks Victoria staff, students, teachers and parents at the end of the year.

The Broadening Horizons program focuses on presenting students with real world problems and actively seeking their involvement to develop solutions.

The program aims to encourage students to complete their senior schooling years and expose them to different industries and professions they previously may not have considered.

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