Students from Grant High School discovered career options in the local landscape last week as the Limestone Coast Landscape Board – Education team hosted the 2021 career immersion day program.
Students began the first day at Sealy Reserve in the crater lakes where they met up with Mount Gambier City Council’s engineering technical officer Sinaway Georgiou and focussed on pest plant removal. This provided a greater understanding of controlling environmental weeds in the region. After the clean-up mission at Sealy Reserve students met with Department for Water and Environment water licensing team leader David Williamson at the Blue Lake.
Mr Williamson said students discussed groundwater management, the movement of water through the landscape and developed an understanding of our unique aquifer in the Limestone Coast. “Providing education and awareness opportunities in relation to water management for the next generation is important and being able to meet in the field provides a deeper level of engagement for the students,” he said.
The students also enjoyed a walk to the top of Mount Schank to discuss how the landscape has changed over time and to get a bird’s eye view of the current land uses. The first day finished with a visit to Piccaninnie Ponds where students learnt about the changing landscape, the cultural significance of the area and the important role that wetlands play in our landscape providing habitat for our threatened and endangered fauna and flora including migratory birds.
The second day started with a number of Limestone Coast Landscape Board staff sharing their career pathways with the students. The afternoon sessions focussed on sustainable agriculture, soil testing and biodiversity on farms. Students visited two local farms that follow regenerative agricultural practices. Grant High School student Jedda said “the experience has broadened my understanding of the range of different career options and they all sound really good so I’m not sure which one I’d choose in the sustainable landscape management field”.
All students enjoyed the experiences and opportunities presented to them and were grateful to get a glimpse into possible career options in our landscape.