Kyneton Secondary College wins ResourceSmart Schools Award for program helping uncover the secrets of the brush-tailed phascogale

Picture: RUSSELL JONES
Picture: RUSSELL JONES

Students at Kyneton Secondary College have been rewarded for research uncovering the feeding habits of the brush-tailed phascogale, a tree-dwelling marsupial whose habitat is under threat from land-clearing.

Kyneton Secondary College yesterday won the Biodiversity School of the Year (Secondary) section in the 2017 ResourceSmart Schools Awards for their part in the unique program.

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Students worked with Macedon Ranges Shire’s environment department and local Landcare groups to conduct field studies on insect populations at Bald Hill Reserve, a patch of remnant vegetation near Kyneton.

By monitoring insect diversity scientists hoped to identify how the availability of certain foods affected resident phascogales.

Sustainability Victoria interim CEO Stephanie Ziersch said the awards showcased what was possible in schools and the wider community.

“The awards really are the ultimate ‘show and tell’ and celebrate the achievement of schools across the state who are committed to sustainable action,” she said.