Mandalong helps create a future ecosystem with local students

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From reconnecting people back to the community, to creating a whole new environment, Centennial’s Mandalong Mine has helped its local junior school, St John Vianney, create a creek bed system to overcome the ‘swale’ which runs through the School’s play ground.

A swale is a shallow, trough-like, depression, which carries water during heavy rain events. During these heavy rain events, the swale carries large volumes of water to the local water catchment and also proves to be a flood risk for the school. After the rain has stopped, the swale still takes a long time to dry out, limiting the space where school children can play.

“We helped construct and landscape a dry creek bed using sandstone and other naturally found materials. This helps to contain the water flow when it rains as well as limiting the speed of the running water and providing a form of filter through the rocks before flowing into the catchment area,” said Centennial Mandalong’s Environment and Community Coordinator, Jeff Dunwoodie.

To help bring wildlife to the new creek system, the students planted 300 plants, including lamandras, sedges and a variety of reeds.

“The new creek system will be a useful environmental tool in teaching the children about natural ecosystems and the habitat they have helped to create for frogs and other aquatic animals,” said St John Vianney Principal, Simon Devlin.