Environment Australia, 2002
About this kit
Developed for primary school students, the 'Logs Have Life Inside' music and education kit aims to teach children the message that logs have life inside. This message is delivered by reminding students that hollow logs and trees provide homes, nesting sites and feeding grounds for a variety of plants and animals, and by exploring the impact of firewood collection on Australia's native wildlife. The kit also encourages students to protect our native habitats by suggesting simple strategies for conserving dead wood.
Included in the kit are a variety of educational resources designed to assist teachers convey the 'logs have life inside' message. These include a story, fact sheets and illustrated classroom activities.
Also featured in the 'House on Fire' music and education kit is an original song written and performed by well-known Canberra band Errol Fin. The key character in the song is Clancy the Cockatoo who, having found his home chopped down for firewood, gathers a throng of creatures to educate town residents about sustainable firewood collection. Clancy's message is that while many Australians use firewood to keep warm in winter, hollow logs and trees also provide homes for many native animals to live in and raise families. The lyrics and sheet music for the song are also included so that children can sing and play along.
For more information on firewood collection issues, visit the Department of the Environment and Water Resources website at http://www.environment.gov.au/land/pressures/firewood/index.html. Or contact the Community Information Unit by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 1800 803 772.