Busselton Water helps to set wheels in motion

High school students from Geographe Education Support Centre now have improved movement around town and greater opportunities for independent learning thanks to a grant from Busselton Water.

The grant has seen the Centre double its fleet of adult trikes, which are used by students to travel within a five-kilometre radius of the campus to purchase groceries for cooking lessons, plant seedlings, collect litter along Geographe Bay and participate in swimming at the Yacht Club.

Busselton Water Managing Director, Chris Elliott, explained how important it is for local organisations to support the development of young community members through projects like this.

“These trikes enable these terrific young people to participate in and engage with the wider community which is important especially for a regional town like Busselton,” Mr Elliott said.

“We’re especially pleased that this group of students are also playing their part in reducing litter from entering our precious water ways as one of the activities they are partaking in.”

Geographe Education Support Centre Principal Vicki Peters, said that the new trikes unlock a range of educational opportunities for the high school students.

“Without the funding we’ve received from Busselton Water, the opportunities for students to get out into the community would be limited,” Ms Peters explained.

“The new trikes help to get our students out into the community several times a week, allowing them to learn road rules, to interact with different people and build their social skills as well as contributing back to the community,”

“By providing community access and teaching students life skills, we’ve seen them grow in confidence.”

“We’re so grateful to have Busselton Water support us with these new trikes,” said Ms Peters.

Geographe Education Support Centre is one of eight local groups who have received grants under Busselton Water’s Community Partnership Program.

For more information visit busseltonwater.wa.gov.au

Caption: Geographe Education Support Centre student Ashleigh Dallachy on a new trike with Busselton Water’s General Manager Business Services Monica Birkner and mascot Hydro.