Young people gain insight into protecting Bellingen’s Natural Environment

Council’s River and Biodiversity Projects Officer, Jane Eales described how her role involved grant funding applications, property visits, river bank condition assessments and project coordination. 

Invasive Plants Officer, Carmen Muldoon, explained how her career path evolved over time from being a hands-on trainee to team leader and coordinator of weed management across the Shire.  During the walk, students saw first-hand how bush regeneration gradually improves the health of the natural environment such as the stream bank along Cemetery Creek. 

Colin Matthews, Coordinator of Bellinger Landcare, expressed his enthusiasm for what he does, even after 15 years on the job, in particular, the diversity of science, creativity and social aspects. 

Kim Cheney, owner and manager of Bellingen Bush Regenerators, also provided valuable insight into the motivation and energy needed to do the hard yakka and encouraged students to grab any training/skills development opportunities that come their way. 

“The workshop was a great opportunity for Bellingen’s young people to meet local specialists and gain insight into the career paths available and the variety of skills and interests needed to look after our natural environment,” said Mayor, Mark Troy.

As part of the Bellingen High School Year Ten FUTURES Program, the workshop was supported by the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage Estuary Management Program.

Bellingen Year 10 Futures students with Environmental staff

Rear: Kim Cheney & Colin Matthews
Front: Jane Eales, Year 10 Students and Carmen Muldoon