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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
21 August 2004
Thornlie Primary School in Western Australia and Wellers Hill State School in Queensland are the 2004 Hands on for Habitat national award winners.
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, announcing the winners in Perth today, said the awards were a partnership between the Australian Government's $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust and Cadbury-Yowie to encourage primary school students to get involved in protecting Australia's threatened plants and animals.
"More than 4300 students across Australia submitted 240 entries," Senator Campbell said.
"It's from this very competitive field that we selected Western Australia's Thornlie Primary School and Queensland's Wellers Hill State School as the 2004 national winners."
Year 1-2 from Thornlie Primary School won the National Lower Primary category with its delightful entry on the shy, desert-dwelling Greater Bilby. Each student created an illustration of the Greater Bilby and discovered that it is under threat from predation by foxes and feral cats.
Year 5 from Wellers Hill State School in Brisbane took out the National Upper Primary category with vibrant drawings and research projects on species that live in or near the wallum heathland of New South Wales such as the Honey Blue-eye, Long-nosed Potoroo and Glossy Black-Cockatoo.
The awards invite 6-12-year-olds to create an artwork of a threatened species and submit it with a research project about the species' habitat.
The national winners receive $4000 for an environmental makeover, a digital camera, a framed National Threatened Species Day poster featuring their artwork and Cadbury-Yowie gift packs.
Senator Campbell said the schools were limited only by their imagination in how they used the environmental makeover — for example, students might like to plant native trees to attract birdlife, or assist a local conservation group already doing good work for threatened species in the area.
"As we move closer to National Threatened Species Day, held each year on 7 September, we all have the opportunity to help our native plants and animals in the simplest way - by learning about them," he said.
Senator Campbell also announced the Western Australian state winners - Pinjarra Primary School (Lower Primary category) and Shark Bay Primary School (Upper Primary).
A full list of this year's winning schools is attached. For more information on the awards or for a free National Threatened Species Day information kit, call the Department of the Environment and Heritage Community Information Unit on 1800 803 772 or visit www.deh.gov.au.
Lower Primary: Thornlie Primary School, Thornlie WA (Year 1/2)
Upper Primary: Wellers Hill State School, Wellers Hill QLD (Year 5)
Lower Primary: Kallangur State School, Kallangur (Year 3)
Upper Primary: Saint Anthony's Primary School, Dimbulah Q (Year 6-7)
Lower Primary: Sacred Heart Primary School, Yarrawonga (Years 2-3)
Upper Primary: Boneo Primary School, Boneo (Years 4-5)
Lower Primary: Larrakeyah Primary School, Darwin (Years 2/3)
Upper Primary: Pine Creek School, Pine Creek (Years 3-7)
Lower Primary: Tamworth South Public School, Tamworth (Year 3)
Upper Primary: Forster Public School, Forster (Years 4-6)
Lower Primary: Pinjarra Primary School, Pinjarra (Year 1/2)
Upper Primary: Shark Bay Primary School, Denham (Years 5-7)
Lower Primary: Goodwood Primary School, Goodwood (Years 2-3)
Upper Primary: St Mary's College, Adelaide (Years 4-5)
Lower Primary: Huonville Primary School, Huonville (Years 3-4)
Upper Primary: Launceston Christian School, Riverside (Year 5/6)
Lower Primary: Chapman Primary School, Chapman (Year 1)
Upper Primary: Mt Rogers Community School, Melba (Years 5/6)
National Lower Primary Winner: Thornlie Primary School (WA) representatives with Senator Campbell
National Upper Primary Winner: Wellers Hill State School (QLD) representatives with Senator Campbell
Jack Justins from Pinjarra Primary School, WA's Lower Primary Winner, with Senator Campbell
Sophie Harben from Currambine Primary School and Senator Campbell. Sophie's artwork is one of this year's National Threatened Species Day stickers