Kathryn Apelis from Papua New Guinea gets the full flavour of some aniseed-scented native plants being grown by Russell Glover from Woolgoolga Rainforest Products. TREVOR VEALE
Kathryn Apelis from Papua New Guinea gets the full flavour of some aniseed-scented native plants being grown by Russell Glover from Woolgoolga Rainforest Products. TREVOR VEALE

Overseas students branch out

ELEVEN international students from Samoa and Papua New Guinea leave the Coffs Coast today after three days spent in the classroom and out in the field looking at ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change using trees.

The members of the group, seven from the University of the South Pacific and four from government agencies in their home countries, were nominated by their governments to take part in a three-week Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship program run by Sydney University.

They were accompanied by Dr Andrew Merchant, an Australian Research Council Fellow and lecturer in agro-ecosystems at Sydney University.

The Coffs Coast section of the program also involved North Coast TAFE; the Catchment Management Authority; Forests NSW; Coffs Harbour City Council; Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare and local producers.

The group visited plantation harvesting, native forests, wastewater recycling and Landcare revegetation projects and were given an overview of the protection of the marine environment by Cr Mark Graham. Kathryn Apelis, who works for the Papua New Guinea government, based in Port Moresby, said the trip to the Coffs Coast had been ‘very insightful.”

The group visited plantation harvesting, native forests, wastewater recycling and Landcare revegetation projects



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