Mount Waverley boy educates his community on wildlife care

 29 January 2019


A Mount Waverley boy is leading the way in educating his neighbourhood about how to care for wildlife.

Hiruka, 10, wrote a letter to Monash Council expressing concern that some people were feeding bread to the ducks at the lake in the Sienna Estate, Mount Waverley.

In his letter, entitled ‘let’s protect the ducks’, Hiruka asked whether Council would install a sign to tell people not to feed the ducks bread.

“Bread is really bad for ducks in many ways,” Hiruka said.

“Bread has no nutrients for them.”

Mount Waverley Ward Councillor Rebecca Paterson said she was very impressed with Hiruka’s knowledge about the breeds of ducks in the lake and what foods were appropriate to feed them.  Cr Paterson organised with Council staff to have a sign asking people not to feed the ducks installed at the lake.

“Hiruka’s interest and concern for the welfare of the ducks is appreciated,” Cr Paterson said.

“It’s great to see our young people taking such an interest in their community.”

Hiruka said he was “very happy and thankful that Councillor Paterson shares my values of caring and protecting native wildlife”.

A keen environmentalist despite his young years, Hiruka says “Education is the first step to protection”.

He also thanked the council for putting up the sign to educate residents and visitors at Sienna Mount Waverley.

Mayor Shane McCluskey said Hiruka was a great example of the wonderful young people in Monash.

“I am so proud of the youth in Monash who show such leadership, like Hiruka, in caring for their communities,”Cr McCluskey said.

Media Contact: Emily Webb 0466 026 560 or email



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