Our young conservationists from Carnarvon Station Reserve; Jessica, Katie and Charlotte Wilson have been doing their bit for nature this month as they joined several central Queensland students on a Bush Heritage creative challenge.
Students from several small central highlands schools were given the chance to be part of a Bush Heritage Colouring-In competition at this year’s Springsure Show. The creative challenge was part of a partnership with the Springsure/Rolleston branch of the Isolated Children’s Parent’s Association (ICPA).
Our colouring-In enthusiasts exhibited some amazing talents as they went to work to reveal their portrayal of Queensland’s threatened species including the Spectacled Flying Fox, the Red-Tailed Phascogale, the Red-Finned Blue-eye fish, the Malleefowl, the Mareeba Rock Wallaby and, of course, the elusive Night Parrot.
The Wilson children are enrolled with Capricornia School of Distance Education and complete their schooling from their virtual classroom situated on 59,000 hectares of one of the last remaining strongholds of central Queensland’s Brigalow belt bioregion.
For parents, Reserve Managers Chris and Alison Wilson, the decision to bring up a family on a remote conservation reserve was not an easy one, given the nearest school is over 200 km away.
“It’s reassuring to know organisations like ICPA are lobbying for our isolated kids", says Chris, “it gives you that confidence that even though our kids are isolated, they're getting the same educational opportunities as kids in mainstream.”
Winners of the competition were judged by local Springsure artist Leonie Hopgood and received a Steve Parish Collection of Children’s books proudly donated by Bush Heritage Australia.
Partnerships like this one are part of the growing network of activities being undertaken by Bush Heritage Australia to engage with our local communities to promote the important conservation work we do across Australia.