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Mallee Case Study

Sunray Warriors adventuring for the environment

Location

Chaffey Park Oval, Merbein Victoria 3505

Outputs

  • Partnerships
  • Gender impact assessments
  • 890 engagement event participants

Investment

Connecting Community to Waterways

Partners

Mildura Rural City Council, Forest Fire Management Victoria, Murray Darling Basin Authority, Lower Murray Water, Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area, SuniTafe Primary Industries, EnviroEdu, Petaurus Education Group, Local Land Services, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Western Landcare NSW, Transport for NSW (Maritime), Maritime Safety Victoria

Regional strategies

Regional Catchment Strategy

Sunray Warriors – An Environmental Adventure is a multi-agency environmental education event offering hands-on, interactive activities for primary aged students. The event is free for primary schools within the Sunraysia region and is available to schools in both Victoria and New South Wales and coordinated by Mallee CMA.

Originally held as a one-day event during National Water Week, Sunray Warriors – An Environmental Adventure! was expanded into a stand- alone two-day event in 2018, due to increased demand from both schools and agencies seeking participation and inclusion.

In March 2022, the Mallee CMA in partnership with 13 other agencies held the event for 890 primary school students representing 11 schools.

Students enjoyed either a morning or afternoon session, starting with an Acknowledgement of Country before rotating through four 30-minute activities, all offering hands-on and interactive content. Activities included:

  • boat safety
  • live demonstration of native and threatened wildlife species
  • an informative presentation on Aboriginal culture and traditional land management practices
  • how to reduce, reuse and recycle waste
  • native bees and the role they play in our environment
  • the values of wetlands and threatened species of the Mallee
  • construction of seed bombs to understand the importance of native plants
  • how water is shared between the environment, agriculture and people
  • water conservation
  • the importance of wetlands for our native animals expressed though Aboriginal dance
  • sustainable gardening practices and how and where fruit and vegetables grow
  • how to identify waterbugs and the role they play in wetland health.

The event was offered at no cost making it accessible to small rural communities that would not normally have this opportunity. The structure of activities and event location took accessibility into consideration including the requirements students of all ages from the Mildura Specialist School.

Sunray Warriors aims to empower and educate our future environmental leaders, including students from diverse backgrounds, remote communities, and with physical and intellectual disabilities, demonstrates the importance of equity and inclusivity in engagement.

Sunray Warriors playing didgeridoo.

Sunray Warriors playing didgeridoo.