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Television personality lends
a helping hand

by Elise Martin

Maleny State School Year Five students received a helping hand to plant trees earlier this week, from National Nine News weather presenter John Schluter.

The Year Five students planted about 100 trees on the bank of the Obi Obi Creek as part of their continuing rainforest regeneration project. Mr Schluter arrived in the Channel Nine helicopter to talk to the students about the area and assist with the planting of a native fig tree.

Barung Landcare provided fig trees for the students to plant, with the intention of encouraging endangered species into the area. Barung Landcare members Marc Russell and Arthur Powter explained the plants and the endangered wildlife species, including the Coxen’s Fig Parrot and the Bird Wing Butterfly, to the students.

The Rainforest Educational Exploration Site TREES) project began in 2002 and was the combined effort of Maleny State School, Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group and Barung Land Care. Year Five student Monique Castaldi said she enjoyed the day. “It is fun. It is about saving the endangered animals,” she said.

This year’s students became involved in the project through their integrated curriculum unit ‘The Changing World Around Us’. Year Five teacher Judy Bull the students would continue to water and mulch the trees until the seasonal rain arrived. Ms Bull said all of the school would continue to enjoy the unique outdoor classroom area.

National Nine News weather presenter John Schluter gets
his hands dirty with Maleny State School Year Five students

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.