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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Winners of the Australia's World Heritage Places competition announced

Media release
10 December 2010

Tony Burke, Minister for the Environment, today announced Larrakeyah Primary from Darwin and William Ross High School in Aitkenvale, Queensland as the winners of Australia's World Heritage Places competition.

Primary and secondary students from around the nation took part in the competition, designing and building their own Australian World Heritage website.

"Australia's World Heritage celebrate the places and stories that make Australia and Australians special. It includes our amazing natural places, our rich Indigenous heritage and the diverse historic sites that together, reflect our development as a nation," Mr Burke said.

"I would like to congratulate the winning schools and thank all the schools that participated in this competition.

"What these primary and secondary classes have achieved is outstanding. Both year 5/6 at Larrakeyah Primary and Year 9 at William Ross High presented well researched, visually impressive and polished entries.

"This competition highlights how much young Australians understand and appreciate our World Heritage places.

"The knowledge students have gained from this competition will ensure they know how to be part of efforts to help preserve and protect our World Heritage sites for future generations."

The education program was aimed at engaging students from years five to 10 and was supported by a comprehensive set of lesson and activity plans, notes for teachers, informative fact sheets and curriculum links that enabled teachers to use the programs within their state curriculum.

"When I started the unit, I didn't have the slightest idea of all the aspects about the topic. I didn't know about the criterion that was used to analyse a site or the diversity or sheer number of the sites. After just a few weeks, I know I've learned quite a bit to win a National competition! I'm really excited and super proud of the students and the school," said Saphira Schroers, Year 9 of William Ross High.

"I think that the website we built will help other kids learn about how unique our World Heritage sites are to Australia. We had great fun making it!" said Jackson Tremlett, Year 5 of Larrakeyah Primary.

The national junior division school will receive a cheque for $300 and a Microsoft webcam. The national senior division will also receive cheque for $300 for their school, a Microsoft webcam and a Microsoft Press book pack to the value of $100.

For more information visit www.heritage.gov.au.