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Bathurst Public School kids get a lesson in revegetation

Jordan Creek, an often neglected urban waterway that runs through the centre of Bathurst, will be the focus of some welcome love and attention on Monday 30 October, thanks to students from Bathurst Public School and the Central West Councils Environment & Waterways Alliance.

Jordan Creek was once the focal point of the early township of Bathurst, but these days much of the creek is piped and buried under concrete in the centre of the city, hardly noticed by locals walking the streets above.

Bathurst Public School students are currently learning about Jordan Creek, which begins to form in an area around Delaware Crescent in the Robin Hill Estate, and then flows through Blayney Road Common towards Rankin Street.

Part of the creek is piped underneath the grounds of Bathurst Public, emptying into a concrete channel, and then into another underground pipe before resurfacing near Morrisset Street and flowing into the Macquarie River below the Hereford Street Bridge.

Bathurst Public teacher, Jeremy Thackray, approached Environment & Waterways Alliance Project Support Officer, Mick Callan, to talk with Year 3 and 4 students about Jordan Creek and the management of urban waterways.

A tree planting day was then organised in partnership with Bathurst Public School and the Environment & Waterways Alliance, with support from Bathurst Regional Council, to give the school kids an opportunity to make a real contribution to improving riparian health.

The event will facilitate valuable lessons in revegetation and river health for the students, allowing them to put theory into practice as they learn about the role of native trees and plants in improving urban water quality.

Bill Josh from local revegetation contractor, Habitat Connect, is preparing the planting site on Blayney Road Common, opposite the Bathurst Golf Course, in readiness for an enthusiastic team of junior tree planters.

The Jordon Creek Planting Day was funded by the Environment & Waterways Alliance Project, with support through Catchment Action NSW and the National Landcare Program.

The Central West Councils Environment & Waterways Alliance is a partnership of 18 councils across central west NSW, including Bathurst Regional Council, and is supported by Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

For more information about native vegetation, water quality, and managing local waterways contact Mick Callan at Central Tablelands Local Land Services on 02 6333 2323.

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Media contact: Jane Hogan, Central Tablelands Local Land Services 0417 166 479 or 02 6333 2305