Inglewood school kids become Junior Rangers

May 31, 2017

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Pictured:  QMDC Aboriginal Ranger Team Leader Malcom Brown shows Inglewood State School students William, Kane, Izak and Ruby how to make an Indian myna trap.

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In a nod to Reconciliation Week, Inglewood State School students spent two days with QMDC's Aboriginal Rangers discovering a protected site of cultural importance and learning about local environment issues.

In a program designed to give kids the experience of a being a ‘Junior Ranger’, Year 7 and 9 students explored the significant yet secluded site of the Inglewood Grinding Grooves on the Macintyre Brook west of Inglewood, and got scientific with water quality and water bug testing.

QMDC Aboriginal Ranger Team Leader Malcom Brown is based in Inglewood and said it was an important opportunity for the kids to understand what the rangers do for their community in terms of protecting cultural sites, managing pests and enhancing biodiversity.

“It was to show them a day in the life of a Ranger, they see us around but don’t know what we do,” Mr Brown said.

"It was great to highlight our work and get them involved in things like making traps for Indian mynas, which they didn’t know were a local pest bird. 

“They also heard about the area’s Traditional Owners - the Bigumbil, and how the grinding grooves and scar trees were created.  A lot of the kids were amazed the grooves were even there, they couldn’t stop asking questions.

“When I picked my daughter up from school after the event I got a wave from one of the kids, it was a good feeling,” he said.

Inglewood State School Principal Jacklyn Roberts described the program as “an outstanding success in engaging the students in practical knowledge of topics they had already been studying in curriculum such as water quality and conservation.”

“It gave a wonderful local story from an Indigenous perspective and the school is looking forward to working again with local Indigenous rangers,” Mrs Roberts said.

“It’s such a worthwhile program, particularly the activities around water, it worked incredibly well in giving further knowledge of water conservation and the biology of organisms living in the water.

“They also really enjoyed the cultural walk and got excited about the hands on tasks.  We’re grateful to be the recipients of a great day of programming – and for our Indigenous kids it was lovely to hear them saying ‘that’s my uncle’, they are local heroes!” she said.

QMDC is already planning the next event for Inglewood which will build on the success of this first ever QMDC Junior Ranger Program.

Media contacts: QMDC Regional Communication Officer Donna Hurley, ph 0427 749 436

 

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