Local schools launch their books

AIRLY and Bundalaguah Primary School students celebrated the official launch of their enviro-stories at The Heart on Friday.

Both books had a cultural heritage theme, with Airly Primary’s book Boorun’s Adventure following the adventures of a pelican (Boorun is the indigenous word for pelican), while Bundalaguah Primary’s five stories were put together to form their book, Dust and Boom Go To The Country.

Nine other east Gippsland primary schools took part in the enviro-story project, with the 11-book series to be distributed to schools and local libraries.

Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull said the book series project would allow students to share their stories with other schools.

“There is a need to create a greater understanding of the need to look after the environment, and these books play a big part in getting that message out,” he said.

The enviro-story initiative formed part of the Lake Wellington Wetlands project, funded by the Gippsland Lakes Environment Fund.

Greening Australia delivered a program working with eight local schools.

Activities, included building cultural heritage awareness through indigenous dance, bush food, story-telling and visiting local sites of importance such as the scar trees, building citizen science through fauna recognition education including the green and golden bell frog and growling grass frog, participating in habitat restoration such as tree planting and attendance at a Lake Wellington connectivity forum.

Indigenous artefact artist and bush tucker workshop facilitator Cassie Leatham-Harrap also led a workshop during the book launch celebrations.