Junior committee help house endangered species at Cowra's Nature Based Adventure Playground

Cowra’s Nature Based Adventure Playground junior committee spent the school holidays building bird boxes to house endangered species at the playground on Billy Goat Hill.

With the help of Cowra’s Men’s Shed, the junior committee were able to construct several homes for endangered species such as Wood Ducks, Micro Bats and Red Rumped Parrots.

A number of Lachlan Landcare projects were already underway at the playground’s location, resulting in the playground’s committee and Landcare forming a partnership.

“For Landcare to be able to connect with the Adventure Playground is just such a lovely match for us and really important.” Lachlan Landcare’s Trudy Refshauge said.

“It’s the greatest project in Cowra I’ve seen young kids take part in during my teaching career,” she added.

“It’s the best science lesson they could hope for.”

Two sessions were held at Cowra’s Men’s Shed during the recent school holidays, where members of the 25-child junior committee were guided by the Men’s Shed in making the homes.

“For the Men’s Shed to come in and physically help the kids build the boxes put a whole other dimension on them learning and caring about what endangered species need in the habitat,” Trudy Refshauge said. 

Junior committee coordinator Susan Callaghan encourages the kids spread the word about the work they have been doing.

“We hope that each junior committee member involved in this project will share this with their friends and family and therefore educate the community about the adventure playground and about caring for our environment,” Susan Callaghan said.