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Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders

12 October 2005

Dinosaur Alert!


Long extinct dinosaurs are coming to life again…on the Australian Dinosaur Story website, www.heritage.gov.au/dinosaur.

Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Heritage, today welcomed the initiative, saying students, teachers and dinosaur enthusiasts around the country now have a new website dedicated to telling the story of about Australia's unique dinosaurs and the land they lived in millions of years ago.

"The Australian Dinosaur Story website was developed by the Australian Government and opens up a wealth of information about the evolution of our landscape and the strange and wondrous creatures that walked the earth," Mr Hunt said.

"Using animations, colourful photographs and artwork, students and teachers will be able to discover more about the dinosaurs that adapted to the Australian landscape, the environment that supported them, and the fascinating story of the formation of the world's only recorded dinosaur stampede, the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede Trackways near Winton, Queensland.

"The website is an Australian Government Gift to the Nation and tells how the trackways were created by a herd of small dinosaurs about the size of chickens fleeing across mud flats from a larger meat eating dinosaur, creating the fossilised dinosaur footprints that are now world famous.

"The trackways are now included on the National Heritage List for their significance to our national story," Mr Hunt said.

Launching the website today on behalf of Senator Ian Campbell, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Mr Hunt said the website will be an important educational resource for schools around the country.

"The website includes a dedicated section for teachers with detailed lesson plans and activities aligned to the school curriculum, as well as a wonderful interactive student section with 3D dinosaur animations, in which three of Australia's extraordinary dinosaurs are brought to life.

"I encourage anyone who has ever had an interest in dinosaurs to log on and learn more about the Australian Dinosaur Story."

Mr Hunt was joined by the Year Five class from Miles Franklin Primary School, Canberra.

The students mingled with puppet representations of some of Australia's dinosaurs, including Mutty the Muttaburrasaurus who told the story of how the Lark Quarry dinosaurs fled from a large predatory Theropod.

Media Contact: Mr Hunt's office: Jenny Trustrum 02 6277 2276 or 0408 468 707

Betacam footage of the Lark Quarry Dinosaur stampede site is available from Mr Hunt's office.

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