News | 30 July 2014

Planet Ark Tree Day - Baldivis Primary School

Kiss and drop zone gets a makeover at Baldivis Primary School


Baldivis Primary parents will drop their children to school in more pleasant surrounds thanks to efforts by the local community as part of Planet Ark’s National Tree Day. Local developer Australand joined forces with students, parents and teachers to plant more than 350 trees at the school’s kiss and drop off zone.

Australand Development Director Justin Crooks said the project was part of the company’s national community program, in which a school near an Australand estate was sponsored each year as part of its involvement in National Tree Day.

“We are committed to supporting the local Baldivis community in a meaningful way and hope to have a positive impact in all the areas in which we develop,” Mr Crooks said.

Australand provided landscaping design advice, plants and trees on the day. It also donated a barbeque to the Baldivis Children’s Forest, an environmental project inspired by Baldivis Primary School children, which aims to promote conservation through education.

“Encouraging children to get involved in initiatives which help foster an interest in, and respect for the environment from a young age is important and we hope this continues with future generations,” Mr Crooks said.

Baldivis Primary School Principal Ronald Ross said the school community was thrilled to have been selected by Australand to receive a garden makeover.   

“Our drop off zone at the front of the school was in need of some landscaping and our students were excited to get involved planting a beautiful new garden to line this area,” Mr Ross said.

Planet Ark’s National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree planting and nature care event. Since Planet Ark launched the event in 1996, more than three million participants have planted 20 million native trees, shrubs and grasses.

While undertaking the planting it was also revealed the school had been struggling to raise funds to purchase and install football goal posts on its oval.

Mr Ross said a $1,500 donation from Australand would go a long way to realising students’ dreams of playing a game of footy with permanent posts on their oval.

“A number of our former students have gone on to become talented AFL players and no doubt these new goal posts will keep that tradition going,” he said.

Mr Crooks said Australand was proud to be involved in the Baldivis community.

The developer’s newest residential estate is Baldivis Parks, which has been designed with lifestyle in mind with residential lots just walking distance from a park. The estate is located between Baldivis Road and the Kwinana Freeway, near the Baldivis Recreation Centre and Baldivis Primary School.

Picture details: Top from left to right - Ben Johnson, Karen Simpson (Australand), Danica Catchpool and Paulika Nicholls. Below from left to right - Maheshi De Silva, Izabella Sandover, Bailey McDougall and Olivia Kelly.