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St Mary’s 9 White Werribee South Tour

08 March 2018 by

On Wednesday 28 February, students from 9 White spent the day learning about the wonderful area that Werribee South is. As part of our tour we walked along the waterfront at Campbell’s Cove discovering the simple architecture of the boat sheds that make them sustainable. Jess and Sarah also shared that Cunningham’s Road was named for their family who had a farm there many years ago.

At Wyndham Harbour we sat looking across the bay at the Melbourne skyline and learnt about the cost of the development, the boat mooring facilities, sustainable housing, the care taken to replace flora and wetlands and the need for further infrastructure. We considered both the positive and negative impacts that developments like Wyndham Harbour have on the environment.

From the Werribee South boat ramp we were able to see the mouth of the Werribee River and learnt about estuaries and wetlands. Kayden gave the class some fishing tips too.

From there we moved on to visit the Werribee Park Tourism Precinct, the location of the Mansion, Werribee Open Range Zoo, the National Equestrian Centre and Shadowfax Winery. The remainder of the afternoon was spent in the grounds at Werribee Park discovering its rich history and relevance to the local area. Who knew that the Corpus Christi gates at the front of MacKillop College were the main entry gates into the Chirnside estate? There was much interest when we heard about the ghost of Andrew’s wife, Mary, who met a horrible death when her hair caught fire. The grounds were a lovely place to sit and have lunch. We were impressed with the Mansion built in Italianate style and the beauty of the English style gardens. It was a very informative day learning all about Werribee South.

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