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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
Students from Peg's Creek Primary School in north-west Western Australia were today announced as the overall lower primary winners of the national 2003 Hands on for Habitat Awards.
At a ceremony at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra today, Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, announced that Peg's Creek Primary would receive $4,000 for an environmental makeover, a framed poster featuring their artwork and Cadbury-Yowie prize packs.
"Peg's Creek Primary School won the award for their entry focusing a wide range of different Australian habitats," Dr Stone said.
"Bushlands, deserts and plains, wetlands and swamps, and rainforests were recreated in colourful illustrations and creative dioramas.
"It was a tough choice for the judges this year with entries from almost 4,000 students representing 214 schools across the country.
"Peg's Creek Primary School's enthusiasm for learning about the environment and commitment to protecting its endangered species and their habitats is very clear."
Students from Peg's Creek were unable to attend the ceremony in Canberra today but they will continue to learn more about protecting the environment with new conservation activities funded with their prize money.
"The money could be used for planting a new 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 aged six to 12 years 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 Peg's Creek 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.