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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Federal Environment Minister


30 August 2001


Thousands of children from around Australia have shown their commitment to saving Australia's unique wildlife by entering a national habitat protection competition, the Yowie Hands on for Habitat Awards 2001.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill and Cadbury Brand Manager Anna Permazel congratulated the winners at a special ceremony in Canberra today.

Senator Hill said he was delighted by the huge response received this year and was encouraged to see that children, the decision-makers of the future, have so much to contribute to environmental issues.

"The Awards are a joint effort between Cadbury Yowie and the Federal Government's $2.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust to encourage 6-12 year olds to learn more about Australia's threatened species and to participate in activities to protect these native plants and animals," Senator Hill said.

"The judges had a very hard time deciding on the winners with over 4,800 entries received, all of which showed the children had put considerable effort into their designs.

"The Awards sought to involve children and thus their parents and teachers, in the issue of threatened species. Entrants were required not only to draw their favourite threatened species, but also to answer questions on their habitats and how we can protect them, thus combining fun and creativity with education and environmental awareness.

"The winners in both the group and individual categories will get the chance to put their new-found awareness into practice. The $16,000 donated by Cadbury Yowie and the Trust will help these children to develop a habitat project in their school or community or support already existing groups.

"I look forward to seeing how they choose to make their contribution to improving the environment, for the sake of threatened species and the community at large."

Cadbury Marketing Director Tim Stanford said the success and growth of the nationwide Awards competition has been a delight to watch over the past two years.

"Children are encouraged to learn and respond in a way that contributes to the conservation and protection of Australia's environment.

"These are also the key messages that our lovable Yowie characters communicate," Mr Stanford said.

The 2001 Yowie Hands on for Habitat Awards winners are:

Individual Category

  • First prize -
  • Second prize -
  • Third prize -

Lauren Kajewski from Yenda, NSW. Aged 12 years.
Ben Strum from Leichhardt, NSW. Aged 9 years.
Tania Kuczer from Endeavour Hills, Vic. Aged 10 years.

Group Category

  • First prize - .
  • Second prize -.
  • Equal Third prize -

St Francis of Assisi School, Warrawong, NSW
St Michael's Collegiate School, Hobart,TAS
Forster Primary School, Forster, NSW.
Holy Spirit School, North Ryde, NSW.

The individual first prize winner received $3000 for a habitat protection project within her school community, a Sony PlayStation 2, Yowie gift pack and a trip to Canberra for the presentation ceremony. Her drawing is also featured on this year's National Threatened Species Day poster.

The group first prize winner received $5000 for a habitat protection project within their school community, Yowie gift packs and a trip to Canberra for the presentation ceremony.

30 August 2001

Media contacts:
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's Office) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364
Christina Lew/Anna Reinstein (PR consultants to Cadbury Yowie, Polarity Consultants) 03 9429 7166 /

Print quality images of the event and winning entries (jpg format) can be emailed upon request, contact:

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