Connecting Youth with Murray River Country and Community (2013-2016)
The Ross Trust made a contribution toward the salary of the Parklands Albury Wodongs Ranger to work alongside volunteers, with a focus on youth, along the Murray River, Kiewa River and smaller waterways in the Wodonga and Indigo LGAs.
In the first 12 months of the project there have been a number of activities completed with a various groups as follows:
- Archaeologists undertook a Cultural Heritage Management Plan of the area for a priority section of the Murray River Adventure Trail. This will allow the Ranger to manage young people to fabricate and install steel boardwalks, small footbridges, stock crossings, signs and picnic tables
- 10 Aboriginal young people constructed customised steel barrier gates that have been installed at river frontage parklands to manage unauthorised vehicle access
- Wodonga Senior Secondary SCollege, Wodonga TAFE, Albury High School Boys Education and Victory Lutheran College students performed a range of tasks including the construction and installation of steel/timber picnic tables at four sites on the Kiewa River and Lake Hume foreshore, constructed fences and removed old fences at Ryan’s Lagoon Wetlands and walking tracks at Parklands, near the Kiewa River
- Wodonga Flexible Learning students established a linking trail along the Murray River near Union Bridge
- Wodonga TAFE mental health recovery group extended the West Wodonga section of the Murray River Nature Trail by installing more chicane gates and removing old fences
- Unemployed young people volunteered time installing chicane pedestrian gates along a section of the Murray River and assisted with preparations and marshalling at the annual Fishy Trail Run and Half Marathon that showcases 21kms of Murray River frontage tracks
Apart from the activities outlined above, a key focus of this project is instilling a sense of civic responsibility in young people by raising their awareness of how community groups and organisations operate and that these projects are generally driven by community leaders, not Governments.