Townsville Central State School
P.B. Hulthen, Principal
8 July, 2000
The Townsville Central State School developed the "Greening Central
Project", which was initiated by Mrs. Mandy Furnell. The project helps
foster partnership between the school's staff, parents and students
in improving the school environment by developing the three main areas
within the school compound, namely the rainforest, the palm garden and
the bush tucker area. The project also received valuable inputs from
Townsville Landcare Unit and from Townsville City Council's Parks Services.
Following a long period of drought, the school experienced a widespread
infestation of weeds especially the goat head burr. The need to rid
the school of this weed was one of the major catalysts for undertaking
various environmental activities within the school ground and incorporating
environmental education in the school program.
of the school revegetation program, over one hundred trees were planted
on the rainforest section of the school. In order to prevent re-growth
of weeds, the rainforest area (adjacent to Kennedy Street corner) was
partly mulched with layers of newspaper. The activities involved the
school children, parents as well as staff of the school.
in-ground sprinkler system was installed along the northern end of the
school from Kennedy Street to the fenceline of the Castle Hill Holiday
Units on the corner of Warburton and Gregory Streets. This system is
intended to provide regular watering for the trees and to facilitate
grass cover within the school ground.
There are several outdoor activities undertaken by the school to
facilitate environmental awareness. An annual school camp at Paluma
Environmental Centre is undertaken for year six students. Studies and
projects in relation to this program are carried out prior to and following
the camp. Children from other year levels also have an opportunity to
experience local natural environment, through various school camps within
Townsville and the surrounding areas (e.g. Mungali Falls, Mangetic Island,
the Ravenswood, Charters Towers and Crystal Creek). Guest speakers and
experts are invited to the school to give educational talk regarding
dangerous creatures as well as procedures when encountering native fauna.
has also been part of the Waterwise Program and has trialed teaching
aids from this valuable program.
and 1999, the school was also involved in the Green-Up and Clean-Up
programs, in which students sought sponsorship for the projects from
local residents. Sponsorship and co-cooperation of Townsville City Council
helped to dispose of the rubbish collected. Areas targeted and cleaned
by these projects extend from Redpath Street, along Warbuton Street,
around the boundary fence as well as clean up within the school ground.
However, health and safety concerns prevented the continuation of these
The school also recycled grass clippings, which is utilised to mulch
all trees within the school. Moreover, old newspaper is collected and
use for ground cover to stop weed infestation.
The school plans to undertake further work within the school compound,
- the extension of an in-ground watering system to the school oval;
- replacement of trees lost during cyclone Tessi;
- the proposed replacement of the pond with a Japanese style garden;
- the construction of an educational trail through the bush tucker area
allowing for the identification of each bush tucker plant or tree;
- the cleaning and recapping of the old prison wall which was reduced
to its present height in 1919;
- the investigation of a proposal to provide much of our own water from
- visits to significant areas such as the Palmetum and Queen's Gardens