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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

17 December 2001

GOOLWA GROUP WIN RACE AROUND THE CATCHMENT AWARD


Goolwa's Signal Point Riverine Environment Group was today announced runner-up of the national Waterwatch Race Around the Catchment competition.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, congratulated the environment group on winning the overall runner-up prize of the video competition's community group and adult individual category.

"I congratulate the Signal Point Riverine Environment Group on their efforts to protect their local environment."

"The Signal Point Riverine Environment Group has been involved in water quality monitoring, environmental education and wetlands rehabilitation. The group works to raise community awareness by running workshops about the degradation of land and waterways, the increase of weed growth, introduced fish species and development issues which are causing the loss of habitat and biodiversity."

"The group also conducts tours of local catchments for adults and school groups and maintains a display at the Signal Point Interpretative Centre in Goolwa, a national exhibition centre for the Murray-Darling system."

"Its Race Around the Catchment video entry focussed on their efforts to rehabilitate local wetlands."

"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," Dr Kemp said.

"The competition involves individuals, schools and community groups producing a video showing the initiatives they have been working on to maintain the health of their waterway."

"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," Dr Kemp said.

The Signal Point Riverine Environment Group was today presented with $500 worth of water monitoring equipment supplied by Vendart Pty Ltd and a new design waterproof pH and temperature meter and pH7 buffer supplied by Hanna Instruments. 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.

Media contact:
Megan Bonny (Dr Kemp's Office) (02) 6277 7640 or 0404 823 018

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