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Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
30 May 2002
The Howard Government's Natural Heritage Trust and Cadbury Yowie have again joined forces through the Hands on for Habitat Awards.
The Hands on for Habitat Awards play an important role in protecting Australia's environment by raising awareness of endangered species and habitats among school children, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp said.
"The Awards encourage children aged between 6-12 years to learn about threatened Australian species such as the northern hairy nosed wombat or the swift parrot. Students can enter the Hands on for Habitat Awards by answering questions and drawing their chosen species with the help of a free resource kit that includes fact sheets, posters and CD-ROMs.
"By entering the Awards students can also help their school or community win one of four prizes of up to $5000 for environmental projects.
"I strongly encourage all primary schools to consider getting involved in Hands on for Habitat activities that are not only great fun, but help Australian children learn more about their environment.
"Last year, the Hands on for Habitat Awards were incredibly successful with more than 4,800 entries received from Australian primary schools.
"Last years major prize winner, Lauren Kajewski drew a fantastic picture of the Eastern Quoll that featured on the 2001 National Threatened Species Day poster. Lauren will use her $5,000 prize to help her small bush school that was burnt down last year. When the re-building has finished, the Yenda Public School, in central New South Wales, will plant a native garden including a frog pond to provide habitat for local threatened species," Dr Kemp said.
Winning entries will earn their school up to $5000 for environmental projects within the school or community, such as rebuilding vital habitat for a local threatened species. Grand-prize winners will be flown to Melbourne to attend a special event where they will be presented with their prizes and take part in threatened species learning activities at the Melbourne Zoo.
Winning entries will also feature on this years National Threatened Species Day poster that will be distributed to schools and community groups across Australia for National Threatened Species Day on 7 September.
Other prizes include digital cameras, Yowie gifts and the chance for short listed school groups to be featured on Channel 10's Totally Wild.
Entries for the Hands on for Habitat Awards close on Sunday July 28.
For more information on the Awards please contact Environment Australia's Community Information Unit on freecall 1800 803 772 or visit the Environment Australia website at: www.ea.gov.au/habitat where you can also view the drawings done by last years finalists and view comments made by other students involved in the Awards.
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400