FAME Flexi Learning Centre at Christie Beach Adelaide have a number of our young people involved in a community project. The Bat Box Project is an opportunity to contribute to sustainability in the local environment. The project is in conjunction with the Seaford Rotary Club, Onkaparinga Council, Natural Resources Adelaide and Various Wineries in the McLaren Vale area. It involves six of our young people making Bat Boxes to set up in local wineries in the McLaren Vale regions to attract micro bats into the local vineyards.
FAME’s young people have attended local information sessions at wineries in the area about the benefits of introducing micro bats to the wineries. The Natural Resources Group have stated these benefits including: creating a sustainable and natural pest control mechanism; saving money; and the reduced use of chemicals in the environment.
Peter King (FAME youth worker and trainer) stated “the program has been running for 3 months and the young people are as enthusiastic as ever”. The project involves the use of rough sawn timber to construct the boxes. The young people work through three work stations: marking out and drilling; screwing and gluing; and painting to complete the finished product. The Bat Boxes have been delivered to various wineries in the McLaren Vale area. Natural Resources are currently conducting research which involves monitoring these boxes to see the effectiveness of the program.
FAME young people have committed to another term of building boxes for the community.
The Adelaide Advertiser did a story about this project recently and one of our young people said: “It’s great to be part of the program, knowing the impact it will have on our environment”.