Clarkville Primary Schools Winning Partnership Earns Canon Grant

Published: 20-Dec-2018

Silverstream Reserve is set to flourish further under the watchful eye of Clarkville Primary School students, following Canon’s recent announcement that it is a successful recipient of its Oceania Grants Programme.

Their success sees the school receive $4,000 worth of Canon equipment of their choice and $1,000 in cash. Students have chosen a Canon DSLR camera and accessories to document ecological improvements within the reserve.

Community and Greenspace Manager Chris Brown says “The school have been instrumental in the ongoing development of the reserve, so it’s great to see their commitment pay off. We’re really excited to see how the students use their new Canon gear to monitor the reserve, and to see the results of their findings.”

For five years, Council’s Greenspace staff have been facilitating the involvement of Clarkville Primary School in the Silverstream Reserve native restoration project, which aims to improve the ecosystem through extensive planting and habitat restoration for aquatic animals and other birds and wildlife.

It’s through this work that saw them voted as one of three outstanding projects. Canon said the calibre of entries, all from deserving causes, made narrowing down the finalists a challenge, with each application needing to demonstrate how Canon products could enhance and support their cause. Thousands of votes were cast.

The school plans to use the Canon equipment to monitor and interpret biodiversity values in the reserve, to increase public awareness of the need for greater protection of our indigenous ecosystems, and to create educational opportunities for it students in the process.

The school’s ultimate goal is to reintroduce mudfish to the reserve and staff are delighted to see the school receive the recognition it deserves.

The Silverstream volunteers supported the school to make the application, and have strengthened the relationship between the reserve project and the school in doing so.