DPAW BUSH RANGERS

Overview

For children in Years 7-10 from the Roleystone Community.

The Roleystone DPAW Bush Ranger Cadet unit is an environmentally based group, affiliated with the Department of Parks and Wildlife. We have many exciting hands-on projects, incursions, excursions and camps planned for the year ahead.

The Roleystone DPAW Cadets believe living in the Roleystone Community, in a jarrah forest habitat comes with a responsibility. Through the Cadet program we hope to encourage an appreciation and education of the environment and the natural setting in which we live.

The Cadet unit has been lucky enough to win a grant from Lotteries West to build a greenhouse near the ‘kiss and drop’ on the College site. In conjunction with Roleybushcare, the unit plans to use the greenhouse to propagate seedlings from local plants, rehabilitating the Roleystone Community College site and surrounding areas. We will also begin to tackle the growing jarrah dieback issue, injecting trees on the school grounds. We hope to have the greenhouse up and running by second semester, to be used in a cross-curricula manner.

The unit is currently organising a 3-day camp to Perup Natures Guesthouse, a DPAW managed area of National Forest, 30 minutes from Manjimup. This will be our third visit to Perup home of many rare and endangered native mammals, where the Western Shield Project was established through the use of ‘1080’ baits to control the feral cat and fox problem in the area. In the past, under the guidance and expertise of Manjimup DPAW Rangers the Cadets have had the opportunity to radio track and search for evidence of breeding dalgytes (bilbies), dig reptile pits for the study of small reptiles and trap, identify and record details of native animals including brush-tailed possums, chuditch (western quoll) and quenda (burrowing bettong).

Through the Cadet program we also aim to teach camping, bush survival, first -aid and self management skills. These skills are routinely tested with a camp (in tents) where, amongst other things, the Cadets plan and cook their own meals.

Bush Ranger Cadets meet every Tuesday from 3.15—5.00, they are supplied with a Cadet uniform (to be returned when the student leaves the program). There is no cost for week to week sessions.

Camps, incursions and excursions are partially funded by Department of Communities but may incur a small cost.

If your child is interested in finding out more about the Bush Ranger Cadets please contact me on 9391 6222.

Staff

  • Mr Blayne Leo-Smith
  • Mr Jaco Coetzer
  • Miss Anna Moniodis