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Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
13 December 2001
Coolum State School's Year 3 Environment Club has won the national Race Around the Catchment competition.
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, congratulated the school students, who won the lower primary school category of the competition.
"Race Around the Catchment, which is coordinated by the Natural Heritage Trust's Waterwatch program, aims to highlight the importance of water and catchment issues across Australia," said Dr Kemp.
"The competition involves individuals, schools and community groups producing a video, or banner artwork for lower primary students, showing the initiatives they have been working on to maintain the health of their waterway.
"The entry from Coolum State School's Year 3 Environment Club showed an excellent understanding of the integration of environmental issues across their catchment. The students produced a large canvas painting showing the Stumers Creek Catchment and an accompanying audio tape explaining how activities in the upper catchment affect water quality further downstream and how pollution impacts on the ocean and marine life.
"Other student activities included native plant propagation, dunal tree planting and stencilling drains around the school with the message, Protect our waterways - Flows to the ocean.
"I congratulate the Coolum students on their efforts to repair and protect the local environment.
"Race Around the Catchment is a wonderful example of how governments and communities are working together towards a better environment for everyone.
"The standard of submissions was excellent and I commend the enthusiasm shown by all participants.
"The response to the Race Around the Catchment competition shows that children, the decision makers of the future, have much to contribute to environmental issues."
The Coolum State School's Year 3 Environment Club was today presented with $500 worth of water monitoring equipment supplied by Merck Pty Ltd. National sponsors of the competition include Vendart, Merck, Hanna Instruments and the Australian Water Association in partnership with the Natural Heritage Trust through Waterwatch Australia.
Waterwatch Australia is a national community water monitoring program funded by the Howard Government's $2.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust, with contributions from State Governments and other in-kind support. There are over 50,000 Australians participating in the program nationally and regular monitoring occurs at over 5,000 sites across Australia.
Megan Bonny (Dr Kemp's Office) (02) 6277 7640 or 0404 823 018