Kids get snap happy to keep scientists posted

Warrnambool is home to two new “Fluker” photography posts thanks to some keen primary school pupils, university support and a small article in The Standard. 

Fluker posts, which can be used by passers-by to take photos of a specific view, have been installed at Point Ritchie overlooking the Hopkins River mouth and at Lady Bay near the slipway looking on to the beach. 

They are part of a project developed by Dr Martin Fluker of Victoria University. Photos taken from the posts can then be emailed to an online repository and the images, held for up to 10 years, are used by coastal authorities to gain valuable information on the environment and any changes.

Through the combined efforts of Warrnambool East Primary School, Deakin University and Victoria University, two new posts have been collecting photos since last month after Dr Fluker stumbled upon an article in The Standard urging schoolchildren in the area to become science enthusiasts.

Dr Fluker convinced several grade 5 and 6 pupils at East Warrnambool Primary School to get involved in the Inspiring Young Scientists classes and they will now monitor the views as part of their classroom learning.

“The students are really excited,” East Warrnambool teacher Nadine Frankel said.

“The photos can show us when and how the river mouth opens and closes, local vegetation, erosion, water quality and bird life.”

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