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It is home to more than 600 species of flora and 180 species of fauna, but for Djidi Djidi Primary School students the land between the Preston River and Indian Ocean holds extra special meaning.
The proposed Preston River to Ocean Regional Park stretches from the Bunbury airport in the east to the iconic Maidens Reserve in the west and in between comprises Manea Park, Loughton Park, Hay Park, Tuart Brook Reserve and the Shearwater Tuart Forest.
This natural corridor between the Preston River and the ocean is significant to Noongar people and forms part of several Dreaming stories.
Students were keen to share their stories as part of the Nearer to Nature school incursion this month delivered by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the South West Catchments Council.

Djidi Djidi Primary School principal Tegan Davis said the ‘Preston to Ocean’ concept was particularly important in respect to the cultural significance that could be shared with the wider community.
“Our links to Country and our Dreaming stories need to be heard and shared not only amongst Noongar people but the wider community. Only then will everyone value this land in the same way we do,” Mrs Davis explained.
Parks and Wildlife project officer John Anderson said Nearer to Nature was a great opportunity to bring a deeper conservation message to students in a way that was locally relevant.
“We hope this will help to build community support for the Regional Park and continue to foster a conservation ethic in our next generation of decision makers,” Mr Anderson said.
The Preston River to Ocean project is a four-year project that aims to protect the ecological, cultural and social values of the proposed Preston River to Ocean Regional Park. The project is supported by SWCC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the City of Bunbury.