Moriac PS Wetlands

Early in 2014, Moriac Primary School applied for a grant to develop a small wetlands project within the school.
As part of an Office of Living Victoria (OLV) initiative, we planned to harvest rain water from our massive Amphitheatre roof and direct it to a wetlands site in order to develop a place where our students could research and investigate the flora and fauna that rely on a wetlands habitat. The project is to dig the site, set up the necessary equipment to harvest and direct water to the site, landscape it with appropriate flora and student viewing areas and to arrange a system of run off once the wetlands has processed the water.
We were successful! At School Council last week, it was decided that we put together a ‘Steering group’ to lead this development. This group will lead the process of obtaining outside ‘expert’ input, selecting contractors to develop the project oversee the implementation of it and report back to School Council and the school community. The group will be chaired by the Principal and will comprise parent, carers, staff members or community members who have a level of insight and knowledge into the environmental initiative. The nominal number of steering group members is five or six but will depend on expertise. The commitment would be to attend some regular meetings and onsite discussions. The project timeline is short with a completion date of end of term one, 2015. Our budget is $30000, being $28000 OLV grant and a $2000 School contribution.
If you are interested in helping the school to make this exciting prospect a reality, please write a brief letter to Steve by Monday 1st December (email moriac.ps@edumail.vic.go.au) outlining what you could do to assist. It would be great for the steering group to meet pretty soon (next week) to hear about the general proposal and to start to put detail behind the project.

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