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Media Release
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers
for the Environment, Sport, Territories
and Local Government

Water: the big winner in Earthworm Awards

6 November 1996

Students from around Australia gave water a big push in the 1996 Earthworm Environmental Awards for Schools. The national winners in this year's awards all focused on water and water issues.

Senator Ian Campbell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment formally announced the winners at an awards ceremony in Sydney today. Senator Campbell, when congratulating the winners, highlighted the fact that water was the focus of all national winners:

'Water and water systems are a major focus of our proposed $1 billion Natural Heritage Trust', Senator Campbell said.

'Once established, the Natural Heritage Trust will focus on the big environmental challenges of our time - ecologically sustainable development, land and water degradation, coast and ocean management and biodiversity conservation.

'The government's aims with the Natural Heritage Trust are well reflected in the initiatives and issues raised by this year's entries.'

The Earthworm Environmental Awards for Schools originated from the 'Earthworm' radio program, the brainchild of the late Dr Peter Hunt.

The Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories and the Australian Heritage Commission are proud sponsors of the Earthworm Awards, just one of the many ways that they promote environmental education

'Events such as the Earthworm Environmental Awards for Schools are an excellent vehicle through which teachers can introduce students to the importance of appropriate scientific methods of research and strategies for finding appropriate solutions', Senator Campbell said.

'The Department is committed to promoting environmental education through its many existing programs and services.'

Senator Campbell highlighted the Australian Environment On-line Service, and the recently launched Australian Environmental Education Network home page and EnviroQuiz as information services provided by his Department.

Senator Campbell thanked the Australian Science Teachers' Association for their work in administering the program, the sponsors and supporters for their involvement, teachers for their dedicated work and the students for their hard work.

For further information, please contact:

Mark Elliot: Senator Campbell's Office 06-2773955; 0419 238 747
Belinda Willcock: Dept of Environment, Sport and Territories 06-274 1704
Belinda Lamb: Australian Science Teachers Association 06-282 9377

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