RiverConnect VCAL Program Semester 1 Report 2014

News article posted on 20 June, 2014

This semester McGuire College, Shepparton High, Wanganui Park S.C, Notre Dame College and ASHE have participated in the RiverConnect VCAL program

All the schools participated in activities at their reach which is part of the RiverConnect Adpot-a-Reach program.

Shepparton High ventured out to Shepparton Weir a couple of times. They were fortunate enough to have three Parks Vic rangers available to work with them painting the new picnic table and doing rubbish management.

ASHE have joined for the first time, which is very exciting. We welcome the students and teachers to the program. The Reach for ASHE will be at The Flats between the Ross Edwards Causeway and the Goulburn River. Yorta Yorta Nations and RiverConnect are working closely to deliver the program. Activities so far have included: Indigenous Elder and Parks Vic on-site Induction, GPS work, Biodiversity Audit, Sandhills visit, Water quality with Water Watch and Rubbish management.

Notre Dame VCAL students have been busy working on their own projects this semester but took part in several activities at Reedy Swamp with Mr O’Neil in term 1 including: Bird watching, Parks Vic induction, GPS work, and the Environment Day at Vic Park Lake.

Wanganui Park Students lead by Mr Bristol met at Jordans Bend for their VCAL program, taking part in: GPS work, rubbish and weed management, Flats Walk (at The Flats), Water Quality and revegetation near the new boardwalk and at their school wetland.

McGuire College joined the program in Term 2 with Mrs Hornsby. They started the term attending the Environment Day at Vic Park lake, then participated in: GPS work; an interpretive walk from Vic Park lake to Broken River Drive; ‘Invertebrates and the Environment‘ session with John Caldow from Bug Blitz; revegetation along the Broken River off Archer Street; The Flats walk with Uncle Leon Saunders and Water Quality with Water Watch.


The RiverConnect VCAL program is a great way for the VCAL students to get outdoors and learn about our natural environment as well as meeting their work requirements – Work Related Skills and Personal Development Skills.