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Broadening the horizons of secondary school students

Friday 25 August, 2017

Broadening the horizons for secondary school students

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

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.

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.  They will then 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.

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Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Ranger-Education and Interpretation, Kelly Virgona:

“This is an exciting program as it allows students to engage with us 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. Hopefully, as a result of participating in this program we are able to inspire the next generation to consider a career in environmental management”.  

Quotes attributable to West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Waterways Project Officer Tanya Cowell:

“Corner Inlet is such a significant place in our region. It’s fantastic to be working with local students to find solutions to some of the real threats facing Corner Inlet”

“We work with the Corner Inlet Partner Group to address key threats across the Corner Inlet catchment. It is great to have the opportunity to engage the next generation on these issues.”

“We’re looking forward to working with Parks Victoria and Foster Secondary School to deliver this great program.”

Media enquiries

Melanie McVey-Di Lazzaro
0459 818 451

Parks Victoria media centre

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