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BCMI wins award at WA Coastal Awards for Excellence 2017

Central Regional TAFE’s Batavia Coast Maritime Institute has won an award at this year’s WA Coastal Awards for Excellence.

Announced by Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands, Rita Saffioti at the Awards Ceremony held in Perth last week, the award for ‘On-ground Coastal Management’ was in recognition of work protecting and restoring native flora and habitat at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands.

The project spanned across 4 years, included involvement from over 600 community volunteers, students and stakeholders. A total of more than 17,000 participant hours and 157 days in the field were spent on the restoration projects across 42 remote islands. This is in addition to time spent at the Institute completing plant preparation and sorting of marine debris.

Works included installation of erosion control matting, mangrove mapping and seedling germination, revegetation, weed removal, marine debris removal, mouse eradication program, and seabird and habitat monitoring.

Central Regional TAFE Abrolhos Project Manager Maryke Gray said the award came as a complete surprise and that it was fantastic for the TAFE to be recognised for the important work they do for coastal management.

“I’m thrilled the TAFE has won this award as it is a testament to the hard work that has gone in not only for this project but also across the various projects conducted at the BCMI” Ms Gray said.

“This project was a great opportunity for students to receive the theory in the classroom and then step out and receive real life practical experience. They also had many opportunities to network with project partners and those in the industry” she said.

“The project was successful due to the outstanding collaboration between several project partners and stakeholders” she said.

Funded by the Federal Government, the project was implemented by Central Regional TAFE in collaboration with the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council. Other project partners included the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Fisheries, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Geraldton Senior College and the WA Museum Geraldton.

Ms Gray also presented on the outcomes and success of the project to delegates at the 2017 State Natural Resource Management & Coastal Conference held last week.

Although the project has now concluded, the BCMI will still oversee any ongoing activities ensuring successful outcomes continue into the future.

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