TV goes wild for Beaconhills College teens
SAVING an endangered marsupial has led this team to stardom.
Four students from Beaconhills College appeared on Channel 10’s science program Scope last Friday as part of their Helping Endangered Leadbeater’s Possums crusade.
It was their second television cameo since the group – Kallista’s Elly Robertson, Berwick’s Luke McConnell and Emerald’s Ellie and Mollie Travica – was formed early last year.
As reported in the Leader, the team also featured on the network’s Totally Wild show at the Yellingbo National Conservation Reserve in Emerald.
Team member Elly Robertson said national recognition was helping their campaign to support the
declining leadbeater’s possum population.
“We’ve worked hard since the bushfires to save the critically endangered animal,” Elly said.
But the group’s fame doesn’t end there.
In June they will compete at the International Future Problem Solving Conference in Wisconsin, US, while being filmed for Channel 7’s The Zoo.
Elly said the group had been recognised by conservation ambassadors and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
“Last year we helped fund nesting boxes and plant more than 100 trees at Yellingbo,” she said.
The group has applied for a government grant for habitat revegetation at the park.