Conservation Volunteers Australia: Artem Suraga, Amanda Levendusky, Liz Rickley, Ksenia Bakulina, Shane Hoskin, Yangfan Ling, Joana Velasquez, Liezl Lacambacal at Korora Lookout .
Conservation Volunteers Australia: Artem Suraga, Amanda Levendusky, Liz Rickley, Ksenia Bakulina, Shane Hoskin, Yangfan Ling, Joana Velasquez, Liezl Lacambacal at Korora Lookout . Trevor Veale

Students step up at Korora

A GROUP of international student volunteers has completed a set of stairs to the Korora Lookout in an effort to improve visitor experience.

The seven students have travelled from areas of China, Russia and the United States during their summer break with the help of International Student Volunteers and Conservation Volunteers Australia.

The project aims to teach students about the importance of conservation in our local area.

Overseeing the volunteers is Forestry Corporation’s strategic projects and programs leader, Justin Black.

“It’s a good way for the students to have a different cultural experience and see a different place, but also try and do some good,” he said.

“We are helping them to understand the environment and nature and learn some skills they’ve never had before.”

The project involved the construction of stairs from the main road to the Korora Lookout, allowing visitors

to avoid walking down

a dirt road to get to the panoramic views.

American environmental science student Liz Rickley said the project had been a “once in a lifetime” experience, and she could see the benefit of allowing visitors to walk through the bush land to see how important conservation is.

Along with gaining new skills, the volunteers have also had the chance to learn about the spiritual significance of the land they are building on.

The construction of the stairs has taken just over a week to complete, and is making way for more projects in the area.



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