Study Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management students on Keppel Island.
Our conservation horticultural students are doing a unit called maintain natural areas so we're removing exotic weeds at present, which will be most of today and then tomorrow we'll start re-vegetating some area.
So, we're doing maintain natural areas re-vegetation and soil erosion units they are fairly normal, but they are exotic weeds which are bad for the environment because they propagate so quickly and spread so quickly so it is best to remove them especially in national park areas and that.
But there are some weeds that are actually native plants that we just don't want around the actual education facility here at North Keppel, um so we're just trying to make sure that they're not in people's way and there are like quite a few introduced species that tend to stick to clothing and animals and things like that that it very easily spread. So we're having to be very careful in the way that we're pulling them to not spread the seeds even further.
So, I'm doing a Cert III in Conservation and Land Management and I have only just started this year, but I have done a previous Certificate in Horticulture. Well, I'm a very nature orientated person, I love going camping and stuff like that. So just learning about my local environment really is interesting to me because then when I do go explore and um like go camping.
I can appreciate what like what is there and what is natives and what is not, and it also helps for me to know how to protect our environments like biodiversity laws, like how we wash our boots and make sure that things are not contaminated before we enter and off like before we leave as well.
Oh my gosh it's so amazing and like when we did that, we first started our partnership with Great Keppel, I was at the one of the first groups to go over there and do vegetation there. It's just really exciting to be able to like see places that I haven't seen before, but also know that I'm helping ensure that people can come here in the future and see them and still find them beautiful and able to actually be used instead of sitting here and being overrun by weeds and exotic species.
I was in administration beforehand, and I've had two children since then and being a stay-at-home mom and I wanted something that would take me outdoors as well and from having such an adventurous camping lifestyle that we have with our children I thought that we could incorporate that in with it with what the new career I'm doing.
I think it's important to maintain the biodiversity of the island and to keep that the native species of the island going without being invaded by all these exotic weeds and therefore we can enjoy it for future generations as well.
Look, I'm hoping to be a park ranger, but the great thing about this course is that I can go into all sorts of different pathways so at the moment I'm just happy learning studying and hoping to see where it takes me.
Isn't it a pleasure? It's brilliant, yes, and I try to take the students on trips twice a year, but now that we've been given natural bushland by the council. So, we're doing monthly works on that one and re-vegetating it and it's just such a pleasure to work in a natural bush land and knowing that you're doing something for the environment.
I absolutely love it, can't recommend it enough.