Is it possible to be safety-conscious and look cool at the same time? Judging by the reactions of Year 8 students at Harvey Senior High School when they received personal protective equipment late last month, it certainly is. Students were supplied with the donated attire by Harvey Water, which will assist them with a range of environmental projects to be undertaken by the school. Students recently “adopted” a section of the Harvey River close to town to clean up after teacher Litza Reed took them to the site. “They looked around and said ‘Miss, can we collect the rubbish and clean it up?’,” she said. “I of course had no objections, and contacted Keep Australia Beautiful, who have donated needed equipment such as rubbish bags.” Harvey River Restoration Taskforce river-care officer Jane Townsend then contacted Harvey Water on the school’s behalf to learn about the risks within the adopted site. As a result, the water co-operative jumped on board with the project and donated the PPE for students. Each student has received a pack including a broad-brimmed hat, safety sunglasses, and high-visibility workwear, with many immediately trying on their new kit. Students were able to test their new attire out on Tuesday when they made a visit to the site. “The boys had a small ‘induction’ with Kylie Olney from the Water Corporation and Jane (Townsend) and we then began collecting rubbish,” Ms Reed said. The clean-up will be the start of a much broader project, including a collaboration on protecting the south-western snake-necked turtle with the Shire of Harvey and Murdoch University, alongside the construction of “fish hotels” with the Harvey River Restoration Taskforce.