Xavier students revegetating vacant block in Eli Waters
XAVIER Catholic College students have been getting their hands dirty helping to build and plant a native garden on a vacant block of land in Bunya Court, Eli Waters.
The group of 20 Year 10 students were scheduled to start the project last month, but were delayed due to wet weather.
"The timing is now perfect following last week's rain and the students have really made some good progress," Fraser Coast Regional Council's community environment program officer Tina Raveneau said.
"They have planted a number of native species which will attract wildlife back to the area.
"Some of the larger trees on the block of land have died so this will help re-establish the habitat, particularly for native birds."
The project was organised after local resident Nicole Tiltman raised the issue with Division Eight councillor Robert Garland about replanting the block of land.
"It has taken a while to organise the logistics between council staff and the Xavier students but it's great to see the project under way," Cr Garland said. "It's inspiring to be working in partnership with local residents and students who are so passionate about further enhancing our beautiful environment."
A second group of Xavier College students are also working on a CEP project to remove litter from Eli Creek in Point Vernon.
"This is a known hot spot for illegal dumping and littering," Cr Garland said.
Residents will be able to get involved in the ongoing maintenance and regeneration of selected areas within the park, as part of the program.