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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

22 July 2002

Helping Ollie Save the Planet

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today launched Ollie Saves the Planet, an interactive CD-ROM that shows children how they can help repair and protect the environment.

Dr Kemp said the program was a wonderful example of how Australian technology and innovation is being used to make environmental education fun for children around the world.

Ollie Saves the Planet was developed by Melbourne based company Sustain Ability International and the CD program was produced wholly in Australia,” Dr Kemp said.

“Today marks the first international release of Ollie Saves the Planet, which is also planned for release in the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This program is the second in a series of interactive environmental education initiatives developed by Sustain Ability International. The first, Ollie Recycles, was distributed to all primary schools in Victoria and throughout the United Kingdom.

“Thanks to joint funding of $130,000 from the Howard Government’s Natural Heritage Trust and the Australian Greenhouse Office, as well as funding from a range of community and industry organisations, Ollie Saves the Planet teaches children how to protect our biodiversity, reduce waste and litter, conserve water, reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases and improve air quality.

The Howard Government believes that environmental education is an essential prerequisite to sustainable development in Australia. Initiatives such as Ollie, Sustainable Schools and the National Action Plan for Environmental Education are all designed to influence behaviour and attitudes toward our environment.

“Environmental education features in the draft programme of action for the World Summit on Sustainable Development and is rightly seen as critical to the promotion of sustainable development,” Dr Kemp said.

“I commend all involved in the development of Ollie Saves the Planet and look forward to seeing the positive results as Ollie and the friends he makes in Australia and around the world ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink their actions in the areas of Waste, Water, Energy, Air and Biodiversity to save the planet and move towards Sustainability.’”

For more information please visit the Ollie Saves the Planet website at:

Media contact:
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400

Photographs from the launch of Ollie Saves the Planet

Dr Kemp with Ollie, Jane Stewart, Peter Broadbent and the dancers

Dr Kemp with Ollie, Jane Stewart, Peter Broadbent and the dancers

Dr Kemp with Ollie and the dancers

Dr Kemp with Ollie and the dancers

Dr Kemp with Jane Stewart

Dr Kemp with Jane Stewart, Director of Sustain Ability International

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