Mount Compass Area School swamp ambassadors win South Australian Landcare award

AWARD: (Back) Ella and Seb; (middle) Ahnikah, Billy Parker and Lochie Philps; (front) Grace Bassett, Courtney Holbourn and Matthew Scheffler.
AWARD: (Back) Ella and Seb; (middle) Ahnikah, Billy Parker and Lochie Philps; (front) Grace Bassett, Courtney Holbourn and Matthew Scheffler.

MOUNT COMPASS – Students’ work at the critically endangered Fleurieu Swamp has been recognised on a state level through the Landcare Awards.

Mount Compass Area School’s Swamp Ambassadors team took home the Junior Landcare Team Award at a ceremony on September 12.

Year 11 students Grace Bassett also won the Young Landcare Leader award.

Teacher Jessica Sullivan said the group of 15 ambassadors were “custodians” of the swamp who look to increase awareness and value of swamps in the community after increasing their own knowledge by working with Landcare professionals.

“They have then taken this knowledge and worked to change the perception of the swamps in the broader community by the hosting a number of educational forums and events,” Ms Sullivan said.

“The students have also become the caretakers for their swamp and have worked to revegetate different parts of the swamp, restore sections of it, as well as working to maintain the boardwalk for visitors and continuing their citizen science work by monitoring some of the different species.”

She said the award would help the Swamp Ambassadors continue to revegetate parts of the swamp and maintain the upkeep of the endangered Mount Compass Oak Bush.

She said she and the ambassadors wouldn’t be able to do the work they do without the support of other teachers and community members.

“A big thankyou goes to Lisa Halling and Jodie Sommerville, who began the swamp ambassadors program, and Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin and the Goolwa-Wellington LAP who gave our school this amazing opportunity through the Fleurieu Swamps Recovery Program,” she said.