Griffith has “unique” water issues with a wealth of natural and man-made resources, and a plan is underway to bring learning outdoors in a highly localised teaching strategy.
Greg Adamson has been working for four years to help build strategies and teaching opportunities at Lake Wyangan, Campbell’s Swamp, Tharbogang Swamp and Barren Box.
Mr Adamson, who is currently running in the council byelection, noticed the opportunity to teach syllabus-required material in a way that is relevant to Griffith.
“It would provide a lot of context: learning about the environment in the local area,” Mr Adamson said.
“Our local history is also very deep – which gives us the chance to teach students about our aboriginal history, early squatters, early settlers and irrigators.”
While the strategy yet to be given the green light, Griffith City Council have supported the idea.
Lake Wyangan and Catchment Management Project Officer Tom Ryan said the strategy could bring hands-on, real-life teaching to students about water issues unique to Griffith.
“Greg has been developing this for a long time now – the idea would be to show students the different wetlands we have around here,” Mr Ryan said.
He said showing them places like Campbell’s Swamp, which is supplemented with environmental flows, and other natural swamps to compare them to man-made Lake Wyangan, which used to be a gypsum mine.
Mr Adamson has received expressions of interest from a number of community groups wishing to take part.
“While the material has been produced and much of it is ready to run and we have done some trial work with some schools, it is not operational yet - but it is intended to be this year - but to get to that stage we still need support and we are in the midst of discussions,” Mr Adamson said.
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