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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

6 September 2006

Hands-on students rewarded for environmental efforts


Environmentally aware students from Mirboo North Primary School in Victoria and Huonville Primary School in Tasmania will spend National Threatened Species Day celebrating their win in the national category of the 2006 Hands on for Habitat Awards.

The announcement of this year’s winning schools was made by Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, at a special ceremony at Parliament House today.

Hands on for Habitat is a national community education and awareness programme jointly supported by the Australian Government and Cadbury. Primary school students learn about Australia’s threatened plants and animals and the habitat that supports them and then create artworks about threatened species to compete in the awards.

“It is extremely encouraging to know the important message of habitat protection and the vital role habitat plays in providing food, water and shelter for our threatened species is reaching a new generation of environmental champions,” Senator Campbell said.

“This year more than 4,800 students submitted 200 class entries to the Hands on for Habitat Awards and I would like to congratulate all the schools for their effort and creativity.”

Senator Campbell said Australia was home to some of the most unique and threatened plants and animals in the world.

“The survival of these species requires everyone to play a role and the education and participation of our young people is an important part of the conservation process,” he said.

“More than 380 animals and 1300 plants are listed as nationally threatened in Australia and I was impressed to see the understanding and enthusiasm students demonstrated for these unique species.

“Congratulations to Mirboo North Primary and Huonville Primary School for their excellent habitat projects.”

Year Prep/1/2 from Mirboo North Primary won the National Lower Primary category with a spectacular display illustrating the Long-footed Potoroo and the Greater Bilby. Year 3/4 from Huonville Primary School took out the National Upper Primary category with a colourful study of the endangered Orange-bellied Parrot.

Each of the national winners will receive $4,000 for an environmental makeover and a digital camera package while state winners receive a $200 gift voucher for native plants. All winners receive a framed National Threatened Species Day poster featuring their artwork as well as Cadbury premium prize packs.

A full list of 2006 winners is attached. For more information and to request free National Threatened Species Day posters and stickers featuring the winning entries, visit www.deh.gov.au/habitat or contact the Department of the Environment and Heritage Community Information Unit via email ciu@deh.gov.au or freecall 1800 803 772.

Media contact:
Rob Broadfield (Senator Campbell's Office) 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902


Winners of the 2006 Hands on for Habitat Awards

CATEGORY SCHOOL YEAR ENTRY DESCRIPTION
National Winners
Lower Primary Mirboo North Primary School (VIC) P/1/2 Giant display depicting the Greater Bilby and Long-footed Potoroo and their threats.
Upper Primary Huonville Primary School(TAS) 3/4 Fantastic collection of paper mache Orange-bellied Parrots.
State and Territory Winners
ACT: Lower Primary St Thomas More’s Primary 1/2 Individual drawings of the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat.
ACT: Upper Primary Latham Primary School 4/5 Individual artworks of the distinctively marked Northern Corroboree Frog.
NSW: Lower Primary Lambton Public School K–4 More than 200 entries from students in Kindergarten to Grade 4
NSW: Upper Primary Narrabeen North Public School 4/5 A series of drawings depicting species such as the Greater Bilby and Long-tailed Dunnart.
NT Primary Winner Nightcliff Primary School 5/6 Excellent research, drawings included species such as the Loggerhead Turtle.
QLD: Lower Primary Jones Hill State School 1 Colourful paintings of the nationally endangered Mary River Tortoise.
QLD: Upper Primary Kelvin Grove State College 7 Students employed a range of artistic styles to create artworks of animals like the Gilbert’s Potoroo.
SA: Lower Primary Stradbroke School 3 Class focused on the Southern Emu-wren, painting a series of pictures.
SA: Upper Primary Munno Para Primary School 6/7 Student used leaves, paper, paint and fabric to create their winning artworks.
TAS: Lower Primary Geeveston District High School 1/2 Eastern-barred Bandicoot was study by students who each rendered an illustration of the species.
TAS: Upper Primary Molesworth Primary School 5/6 Lino art pieces of species including the Tasmanian Devil.
VIC: Lower/Upper Ringwood Heights Primary School 3/4 A huge mural showing the habitat of the majestic Powerful Owl.
VIC: Lower/Upper Torquay Primary School 3/4 Series including a beautiful crayon drawing the Golden Sun Moth.
WA: Lower Primary South Merredin Primary School 2/3 Sand, dirt and leaves were used to create artworks of the Malleefowl.
WA: Upper Primary North Dandalup Primary School 6/7 Artworks captured the Corymbia calophylla-Kingia australis ecological community near the school
Highly commended individual entries featured on 2006 National Threatened Species Day stickers
  • Hooded Plover by Aidan Hogan, Boneo Primary School (VIC)
  • Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat by Chelsea Ricato, McDowall State School (QLD)
  • Kowari by Katherine La-Vite, Picnic Point Public School (NSW)
  • Southern right whale by Kit McDaid, Perthville Public School (NSW)
  • Quokka by Maryanne Chaisritha, Ballajura Primary School (WA)
  • Baby Blue Orchid by Peter Delaney, Bluegum Montessori School (WA)
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