STUDENTS from Mundaring Christian College have rolled up their sleeves and are assisting Shire of Mundaring in an environmental conservation program at the site for the new indoor recreation centre.
Development of the new $10.1 million state-of-the-art building is likely to commence in the next few weeks following an environmental mitigation strategy commissioned by the Shire. Once complete, the indoor centre will offer sport all-year round.
Shire President David Lavell said the students and members from the Mundaring Men's Shed would be involved in a variety of different environmental projects during the development process.
First cab off the rank is a visit by a fauna relocation expert who will check the area and ensure birds and other wildlife such as possums, are moved to a safe location.
"While there will be felling of some of the trees within the design footprint, many will remain at the site and used as ground logs," Cr Lavell said. "The logs will continue to provide environmental benefits such as for animals using the hollows as homes and to sharpen their beaks and claws".
Another significant component of the project is the creation of nesting boxes for the local area, part of which will incorporate sections of some of the trees at the site.
"There will be around a dozen nesting boxes created for the animals, some of which will be flat-packed by the Men's Shed and then passed on to local primary school children to decorate," Cr Lavell said.
"Others will be created and built by high school students during future Design and Technology classes".
Part of the preparation process also includes taking the top 100mm of topsoil to harvest as seedbank as part of the Shire of Mundaring's Revegetation Program. The environmental assessment identified it was a local natural seed and therefore would regenerate easily in the area.
Cr Lavell said he was pleased the local community could be involved in one of Mundaring's major projects.
'The local residents have been waiting for this facility for a long time as it opens up many opportunities for sport to be played all year round," he said.
"The new Mundaring Recreation Centre will deliver a fantastic venue for the entire region."
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