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 2015 Environmental Minister’s Award For A Cleaner Environment

Allen Riseley, VIC

Landcare Coordinator, Sport Coordinator and Community Break-out team member, teacher Allen Riseley is a busy man fostering the growth of Mirboo North Secondary College’s students and trees!

Allen Riseley set out with a vision to supply cost price trees to those who couldn’t afford to plant trees on their land. His goal was to teach students how to take a tree from seed to forest- propagate, grow, then plant on the farm and run the operation as a business.

Allen partnered with Mirboo/Mardan Landcare Group to provide 10,000 trees to a koala habitat project. This was the catalyst for the growth of MNSC Enviro Team and Landcare Cadets program. Through mass tubing out sessions led by Allen, students were able to hone their skills and efficiency over time and Allen secured further contracts with South Gippsland Water and private land holders.

All money raised from the sale of the trees is being spent on student driven initiatives within the Mirboo North Secondary College.  The environment, students involved, and landholders all receive great benefits from the project and they are the main stakeholders involved in the project.