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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
8 September 2003
Year 4 students at Forster Primary School in New South Wales were today announced as the overall upper primary winners of the national 2003 Hands on for Habitat Awards.
At a ceremony at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, announced that Forster Primary would receive $4,000 for an environmental makeover, a framed poster featuring their artwork and Cadbury-Yowie prize packs.
"Forster Primary School won the award for their entry focusing on threatened Australian frogs and their habitats," Dr Stone said.
"It was a tough choice for the judges this year with entries from almost 4,000 students representing 214 schools across the country.
"Forster Primary's enthusiasm for learning about the environment and commitment to protecting its endangered species and their habitats is very clear.
"Their colourful illustrations and wonderful descriptions of frogs such as the Green and Golden Bell Frog will be featured on this year's National Threatened Species Day poster.
"The students also produced a creative Powerpoint presentation which explained the threats to native frogs and ways to help improve their habitat.
"Their prize money can now be used to further their work for conservation activities like planting a native garden to attract indigenous species or clearing rubbish from local waterways."
Each year National Threatened Species Day is held on 7 September to mark the date the last Tasmanian Tiger died in captivity in 1936.
The Hands on for Habitat Awards are a partnership between the Australian Government's $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust and Cadbury-Yowie. All Australian Primary School children are invited to enter the awards by submitting illustrations and research on Australia's threatened species.
"Schools can make a valuable contribution to conserving Australia's environment just by learning about threatened species and raising awareness within the community.
"Well done Forster Primary, your enthusiasm shows that our environment is in caring hands in the future," Dr Stone said.
For more information on the Hands on for Habitat Awards or for a free National Threatened Species Day information kit, call the Department's Community Information Unit on 1800 803 772 or visit www.deh.gov.au.