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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Educators Meet the Environmental Challenge


7 July 1997
(75/97)

With greater public awareness of the environment, the pressure is increasing on school teachers and other educators to keep up-to-date with a range of environment issues.

To help educators meet the growing challenge, Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has announced grants totalling $260 000 for a range of environmental information and education projects.

Senator Hill says educators play a vital role in helping people appreciate and understand Australia's unique natural heritage and how it can be managed in a sustainable way.

"Among the projects selected from more than 200 proposals is the production of a guidebook by the Tourism Council of Australia to inform the tourism industry about best practice in environmental management.

"A grant of $20 000 will assist Keep Australia Beautiful to publish a book of case studies on litter prevention ideas from successful Tidy Towns participants for use by other local councils.

"The Griffith University's Centre for Innovation and Research in Environmental Education will use a grant of $5 500 to publish an electronic version of a manual for trainers which outlines environmental prevention measures to help industry refine their operations.

"In addition, the Australian Association for Environmental Education receives $32 000 to conduct an important survey of environmental education needs and prepare a national action plan.

"Support materials for the detective game, Murder Under the Microscope, will be produced with a grant of $30 000 to educate children about marine pollution as part of the International Year of the Reef.

"In total 13 projects have been approved because of their outcome-oriented approach to education and their innovative use of mediums such as the internet, school materials, audio presentations and case studies.

"Education initiatives such as these are important because they build the knowledge-base of teachers, students, governments, industry and communities so more people can make the right choices about managing Australia's significant natural resources."

The grants are provided by the Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories.

Contact: Julie Marks (Senator Hill's office) 06 277 7640 or 0419 693 515
Belinda Willcocks (Department) 06 274 1704
7 July 1997
75/97

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1997 GRANTS FOR ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION AND INFORMATION

Deakin University's Centre for Studies in Mathematics, Science and Environmental Education will develop support materials for studies of society and environment from Kindergarten to Year 12 ($25 000).

A best practice environmental management guidebook for the Australian tourism industry will be produced by Tourism Council Australia ($30 000).

The University of New England's Dr David Brunckhorst is to publish a tertiary level textbook on bioregional management ($8 100).

Teaching and learning materials about Australia's natural heritage will be developed for primary and secondary schools by the South Australian Association of Social Education ($30 000).

Environmental education specialists, Dr Kim Walker and Ms Helen Sharp, are developing environmental education competencies based on national curriculum profiles ($19 460).

An adult education course on sustainable development is being produced by the Workers Education Association of South Australia ($4 417).

Keep Australia Beautiful will publish a booklet of case studies on local area initiatives for use by local councils ($20 000).

A research paper on environmental education needs and a national action plan is being prepared by the Australian Association for Environmental Education ($32 483).

The State Network of Environmental Education Centres in Queensland will publish a story-thread environmental teaching method for teachers ($25 000).

Griffith University's Centre for Innovation and Research in Environmental Education will publish an electronic version of a manual for use by industry trainers and human resource development practitioners ($5 540).

The Australian Association of Adult and Community Education, Canberra, will develop a study circle on coastal management ($24 840).

The Coral Reef Research Institute at the University of Sydney will provide support materials on the International Year of the Reef component of a detective game for schools called Murder Under the Microscope ($30 000).

A community guide for marine and coastal monitoring will be produced by Marine and Coastal Research Tasmania ($6 665).

Further inquiries: Belinda Willcocks (Department) 06 274 1704

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