Alcoa’s continuing stewardship partnership with Perth NRM to care for Challenger Beach has had a boost recently with the Challenger Beach Coastcare Project with South Metropolitan TAFE.
Alcoa has sponsored a group of South Metropolitan TAFE Cert III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management students to train with Perth NRM on-site at Challenger Beach over four sessions, covering topics such as native plant identification, weed control, coastal erosion management, wildlife monitoring, and green stock management.
With two training sessions complete, the SM TAFE students have engaged in practical activities including;
- 10.5 kgs of marine debris collected,
- 0.5 ha of green stock maintenance,
- 0.31 ha of weed management, targeting dune onion weed (Trachyandra divaricate)
These practical activities are supplemented with knowledge and information-sharing, including a waste and recycling discussion with City of Kwinana Waste Education Officer, Emily Tomsett, or linking activities such as beach clean-ups with larger projects such as the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.
Perth NRM is grateful to Alcoa and SM TAFE for the opportunity to work with these young people seeking careers in environmental management.