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Working together - The University of Notre Dame Australia, CALM, local government and the community

Field, G. and Morrison-Saunders, A. (1999) Working together - The University of Notre Dame Australia, CALM, local government and the community. In: Australian Association for Environmental Education (WA Chapter) 2nd Annual State Conference Environmental Hope: Education for a Future, 7 - 8 October, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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Why would a State Government department teach units for a university? The Department of Conservation and Land Management, Western Australia (CALM) has forged a partnership with the University of Notre Dame Australia to deliver a number of tertiary units in environmental management. The 'Ecotourism and Heritage Management' and 'Recreation Planning and Management' units provide education and training for undergraduate students, CALM staff and other professional development students from local government, other government agencies such as Kings Park and Whiteman Park, private businesses and individuals. The units are designed to involve and assist local government in developing community education programmes about, for and in the environment. The Ecotourism and Heritage Management unit established the annual 'Footloose in Freo' activities program in which student guides lead interpretive activities for the general public within the City of Fremantle. In 1998 participants in the Recreation Planning and Management unit prepared designs for recreation facilities within the City of Melville's Piney Lakes Reserve. All participants receive a Certificate of Competency in both of these nationally accredited courses and the students get credits towards their university degrees. In addition to providing practical education for the environment, these units provide students with the opportunity to interact with professionals and vice versa, leading to a healthy exchange of ideas, energy and experience. Interaction with local government and the public enables CALM and the university to contribute to a sense of community with active participation within it by these four sectors of the community. Working together, CALM, the University of Notre Dame Australia, local governments and the community create a synergy where effective environmental education is achieved and which generates hope for the future.

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