There's a T-Rex loose at Coramba

CORAMBA Public School students have transformed their grounds into a mini Jurassic Park with funding from the city council's environmental levy.

Right in the heart of the grounds, the pupils have created a large T-Rex skeleton as the centrepiece of a major landscaping project.

A competition has been running at the school to name the T-Rex, with deputy mayor Cr Bill Palmer yesterday announcing AB-MA-ROC (Coramba spelt backwards) was the winner.

“The imaginations of the children at Coramba have clearly been fired up with the projects they've been doing to improve the school grounds and learn about the natural environment around them,” Cr Palmer said.

As well as the T-Rex, the students have built a series of frog ponds in an area that had previously had erosion during heavy rain. It includes bridges and a rock habitat area the children called the Lizard Hotel.

In the 10 years the funding program has been running, nearly $10.5 million has been put into activities that have helped protect and enhance our local environment.

More than $7.5m of that money has been raised through the levy alone, while around $3m has come from grants and other sources.

The council is seeking community submissions for projects to be considered for funding under the 2009/10 environmental levy program.

Application forms are available from the council's administrative centre and libraries at Coffs Harbour, Toormina and Woolgoolga, or on the council's website at

Submissions will be accepted until 5pm on December 12.

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