Westport Environment Team (WET)
The Importance of Westport High's forest
Westport High is in unique educational position in Australia surrounded by a floral diversity of rainforest, wet sclerophyll, swamp species and key koala habitat. It appears that no other High School in Australia can match this natural environment.
Various botanists have identified over 70 species of flora with rainforest plants being dominant. Sightings of spotted tailed quoll, gliders, banded rail, wallabies, kangaroo, regent and satin bower birds and sea eagles have occurred along with resident populations of koalas and land mullet.
NSWKPS relocate released koalas to Westport High because of its key koala habitat.
Major planting of koala food trees were completed in the 1980s and were used as fodder trees for the Koala Hospital. They now provide food trees for mature koalas.
The lack of dogs in the school grounds is of key importance in release and the High school provides this through its security fence even though passage of koalas over the fence needs to be addressed.
Westport High School's Forest is located in a central location in Port Macquarie that provides key wildlife links and corridors.
To the north it is connected to the paper bark forest on Hastings River Drive extending to the forested Land Council site.
To the east it links to the forest across Findlay Avenue next to Westport High.
To the south it links with forest in the Community Health grounds.
To the West it links with Westport Primary school and its koala trees and climbing poles and to the Landcare site on Widderson Street.
The DET has a policy
"Sustainable Schools NSW aims to support all schools, their partners and the community in realising a positive environment vision."
QR Code (Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of two-dimensional code first designed by Toyota to track vehicles during manufacture. Recently, the system has become popular due to its fast readability and large storage capacity compared to standard UPC barcodes. It was designed to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.
The code in the newsletter is readable with a smart phone that has a code reading application that you can download. The code links to the schools website.
Students from the Westport Environment Team have QR coded their entire rainforest plant biodiversity and presented their idea to 25 excited volunteers from Sea Acres.