Primary school students work to save Goolwa sand dunes

Conservation: Mia Harris, Izzy Zbucki and Airlie Unwin (Ella Watts absent) present Rebekha Sharkie with a proposal on protecting Goolwa's sand dunes.
Conservation: Mia Harris, Izzy Zbucki and Airlie Unwin (Ella Watts absent) present Rebekha Sharkie with a proposal on protecting Goolwa's sand dunes.

Three students from Port Elliot Primary School are passionately fighting for better preservation of the iconic sand dunes at Goolwa Beach.

Izzy Zbucki, Ella Watts and Airlie Unwin are concerned that native animals and their habitats are being destroyed by insensitive people driving on the dunes.

Recently, the three girls have been working alongside their teacher Mrs Dybala in STEM class, on a project to rectify the issue.

Last week, they shared their work with Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie, who was happy to provide some feedback and advice on how to best move forward.

The girls are now busy making arrangements to share a number of proposed solutions with the Alexandrina Council.

"I thought this was an important issue because I want there to be a healthy environment for my grand children in the future to experience," said Izzy.

Airlie said she had a strong passion for precious native habitats and wildlife.

"My passion for saving the sand dunes was started by my desire to help the native wildlife and I believe there are a lot of memories for the Aboriginal people there that need to be protected also," she said.

Through their project, the students have undertaken surveys of Goolwa locals to better understand their thoughts on potential solutions.

Mrs Dybala said the students had learnt to be organised and patient through the project, while planning and negotiating with a number of stake holders.

"Because people are driving on the dunes they are ruining the wildlife and I believe that there are a lot of baby birds that need help to survive, so we will continue to have birds on our beach," said Ella.